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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as he reads a statement during the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Northam lost a bowling match to State Sen. William Stanley and was compelled to read a statement on the floor of the Senate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has won Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary


Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has stolen the Democratic ticket in Virginia's gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, according to Politico. Northam received 57 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent for former Rep. Tom Perriello, as of 8 p.m. when the Associated Press called the race.

Northam thanked voters on Twitter.

The race, however, is closer on the GOP side with Republican frontwinner Ed Gillespie locking in 44 percent compared to Corey Stewart's 42 percent, with more than half of the precincts in.

Voters also headed to the polls to select candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general and every seat in the House of Delegates, the Washington Post reported.

The outcome of Virginia's governor race is expected to provide insight into Trump-era politics and just how well his policies are resonating with the American people.

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