U.S. Democrat Ralph Northam wins race to become next Governor of Virginia
Nov 08, 2017 Politics 7498 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- U.S. Democrat Ralph Northam wins race to become next Governor of Virginia.
- Trump says Republican candidate lost because he did not support.
- Northam says the victory is a signal to end the divisiveness of the country.
U.S. Democrat Ralph Northam has won a deeply divisive race to become the next Governor of Virginia.
Northam had to overcome several attack ads from
Republican candidate Ed Gillespie in what many considered Trump-like tactics, touching issues such as immigration, gang crime and Confederate statues.
Trump, who endorsed Gillespie but did not campaign with him, had taken a break from his Asia trip to send tweets and record messages on Tuesday supporting the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
But after the outcome, Trump quickly distanced himself from Gillespie.
"Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump tweeted. "With the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"
At his victory party, Northam told supporters the sweeping Democratic win in Virginia sent a message to the country.
"Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this country apart," Northam said.
"This is a comprehensive political victory from statehouse to courthouse. Thank you Donald Trump!" Democratic U.S. Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia told Northam's supporters at a victory party in northern Virginia.