Republican Ed Gillespie made a valiant effort in his race against Democrat Ralph Northam for the governorship of Virginia, but came up short in a result that networks called around 8:15 p.m. EST.
The race was called with 58 percent of precincts reporting and Northam holding around a 36,000 vote lead at 51 percent to Gillespie’s 48 percent.
In the race to succeed Terry McAuliffe, conservatives had hoped for a monumental upset in a state that has gone blue three presidential elections in a row and boasts two Democratic senators.
This was the first major win after a string of congressional special election losses for Democrats, who finally held serve in a race that shouldn’t have been nearly as close as it ended up being.
Despite Gillespie’s efforts to toe the line when it comes to Trump supporters, not associating himself too closely but not repudiating the president either, President Trump ended up endorsing him and even making robocalls in the last days of the election.
They won a race they should have won, but liberals are breathing a huge sigh of relief. And they couldn’t resist making it as much about Trump as possible.
By electing Ralph Northam, the people of Virginia completely rejected Donald J. Trump. Thank you, from all of us.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 8, 2017
— Ryan Knight ☭ (@ProudSocialist) November 8, 2017
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) November 8, 2017
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 8, 2017
Breaking: Ralph Northam has won the Virginia governor's race, and excuse me while I dissolve into a puddle of happiness!#ElectionDay
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 8, 2017
"I know all too well what assault weapons do to human beings, and until I don't have another breath in my lungs, I will stand up and tell people that we do not need assault weapons on our streets."
– Ralph Northam, an Army veteran, and now, a Governor.
Thank you, Virginia.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 8, 2017
Finally, to put it all in perspective:
Ralph Northam wins Virginia Governor race.
Wow…. you mean a Democrat won in a Democrat state?
— Briefing the News (@TheNewsBriefing) November 8, 2017
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