Ralph Northam has won the Democratic primary for governor, defeating Tom Perriello.
Perriello congratulated Northam in a phone call a little before 8:30 p.m.
As the election neared, Perriello and Northam increasingly appealed to the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
Primary night in Virginia was supposed to show a competitive race amongst Democratic - and a blowout amongst Republican - gubernatorial candidates, but voters had a different idea. So was almost every Democratic member of the state's House delegation and statehouse and local-elected officials.
Northam wound up handily defeating former U.S. congressman Tom Perriello, a more liberal insurgent challenger supported by prominent national Democrats such as senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as the best candidate to take on Trump.
In many ways, the gubernatorial primary in Virginia left politicos with more questions than answers in predicting strategies for the midterm elections. "He ran strongly among black voters and ended up carrying liberal strongholds like Alexandria and Arlington". Tim Kaine have stuck by the lieutenant governor, whom all three have known and served with for a long time.
The Democrats have made elections in Virginia and Georgia a referendum on President Trump.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, 3 percent had cast ballots, the same overall voter turnout for the Democratic primary four years ago, James City voter registrar Dianna Moorman said.
Perriello campaigned on a promise to make Virginia "a firewall against hate, corruption and President Trump's assault on the Virginia values of decency and progress".
The race stood at Northam with 55.4% of the Democratic vote to Perriello's 44.6% at the 90% mark.
Perriello called Northam a "good public servant and a good man". Addressing his supporters at the State Theatre, Perriello said: "Together we helped elevate mainstream ideas that should have been there all along", citing his support for a $15 minimum wage as an example. "I trust his dedication to all Virginians", Lee said of Northam.
But Virginia Democrats are unifying quickly. The dichotomy evoked comparisons to the 2016 Democratic presidential primary between the upstart Sanders and the establishment Hillary Clinton. He has endorsements from Senators Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in his pocket and has filled his campaign's pocketbook off their supporters. "[Perriello] proved there's a hunger in the Democratic for bold candidates", says Adam Green, a founder of the left-wing Progressive Change Campaign Committee. He's a fine Democrat. Polls have shown that Perriello has a slight lead in the race, but that lead may be contingent on unreliable pools of voters who usually sit primaries out.
Mr. Perriello became the latest Bern victim, notching another loss for the senator from Vermont who electrified Democratic voters previous year but who has struggled to turn his movement into a winning electoral campaign.
Perriello ratcheted up attacks on Trump ahead of Tuesday's vote, calling the primary the "firewall against the hate and bigotry of the administration".
And we're listening to Virginia climate hawks' overwhelming vote in endorsing Tom for his populist, progressive vision for Virginia.
Meyer highlighted the county Board of Supervisors' adopted $2.5 billion county budget for fiscal 2018, a spending plan that dropped the tax rate by two cents. The Left may look back on Obamacare as a missed opportunity, but on the eve of the 2010 tea party wave, Perriello-a freshman congressman in a conservative district-stuck his neck out in a way that plenty of other Democrats didn't, and Obama-ites haven't forgotten it. "He talked about a lot of the green energy initiatives as well as being a staunch opponent to the pipelines that are going through Virginia".