Junio 26, 2017

Gillespie wins Virginia Republican nomination

18 Junio 2017, 12:06 | Crisanna Felipe

2 Virginia Democrats vying to be face of Trump resistance

Virginia Lt. Gov. and Democratic candidate for Governor Ralph Northam left talks with Senate Chief Deputy Clerk Tara Perkinson right prior to the start of the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond V

Republican Ed Gillespie led a tight race all night in the GOP primary for Virginia's governor, beating out an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. It makes very tangible the threat of Trump fans to mount primary challenges to Republican "cucks" (the alt-right term that Corey Stewart has deployed) who dare refuse fealty to the mogul. Gillespie, heavily favored going into the race, drew 43.67 percent of the vote, compared with 42.63 percent for Stewart with nearly 98 percent of precincts reporting.

The general election is expected to be an early referendum on the president and a preview of what the 2018 midterm elections might look like.

Northam easily defeated former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello in the more closely watched Democratic contest by almost 12 points, which pitted the progressive Perriello against the establishment Northam.

Perriello had the backing of a host of national progressive leaders including Sens. The other state choosing a new chief executive is New Jersey, more often than not a solidly Democratic state.

In Richmond, Kelly Barrows cast her ballot for Perriello because she said the former congressman more closely aligns with her progressive views. "He knows legislators in Richmond so he already has an advantage in being able to get some legislation on the books". Mark Warner a close race in 2014.

He and his supporters claimed a moral victory in the loss, saying they forced Mr. Northam to run to the left. In November, he will face one of three Republican members of the General Assembly who are vying for their party's nomination. Gillespie, a former state and national party chairman, is widely seen as the person to beat Tuesday after leading consistently in polls of likely GOP primary voters.

"We can not allow Virginia Republicans to roll back rights for women and spread Donald Trump's hateful and risky agenda across the Commonwealth", Platt said. That is to say, the number or Republicans who came out to vote in today's primary (363K) was dwarfed by the turnout during the 2016 Primary when Trump won with 356K votes with a total of over 1 million Republicans coming out.

Stewart focused much of his campaign aligning himself with President Donald Trump, decrying political correctness and rallying support for Confederate monuments throughout the state. Stewart, with his prominent connections to the campaign, ran as a vocal Trump backer.

Corey Stewart, a Minnesota-born lawyer with a soft spot for the Confederacy, almost pulled off a stunning upset in Tuesday's Republican primary for governor of Virginia.

Vogel defeated fellow state Sen. Jill Vogel eked out a narrow win over state Sen.

There's no primary for Virginia's other statewide elected office, attorney general. That level of enthusiasm bodes well for the Democrats in Virginia to hold on to the governorship.

Conservative Republican Corey Stewart narrowly lost Virginia's gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, June 13. "I think it has bigger consequences than people imagine". Virginia is one of two states electing governors this year. Alexandria resident Curt Arledge, 32, had never voted in a gubernatorial primary before Tuesday but decided that this year that it was too important for him to miss.

But looking at the data available, 2017 proved to be a banner year for Democrats and possibly a sign of Trump's waining popularity. Polls had shown him with a fraction of Gillespie's support, but a low turnout among Republican voters gave Stewart's committed base an outsize influence, and Wagner drew significant votes in Hampton Roads that might otherwise have gone to Gillespie.

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