Ralph Northam wins Virginia governor race

RICHMOND –  Democrat Ralph Northam has won Virginia’s governor race.

Northam is the current lieutenant governor of Virginia and a pediatric neurologist at the Children’s Specialty Group in Norfolk. He is an Army veteran and served as a senator for the 6th Senate District before joining current Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s ticket in 2013. His priorities are affordable health care and education.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m.

Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie, who is a business owner and longtime conservative leader.

Democrat Justin Fairfax was elected as Virginia’s next lieutenant governor. According to the Washington Post, he is the first African American elected statewide in Virginia since L. Douglas Wilder, the United States’ first black governor since Reconstruction, in 1989.

Incumbent Democrat Mark Herring was reelected as Virginia’s attorney general.

Full Coverage: Virginia gubernatorial election 2017