Ed Gillespie of the Republican Party and Ralph Northam, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, beat Corey A. Stewart and Perriello to stave off a challenge within the GOP and win the Democratic nomination respectively. State Senator Frank W. Wagner came a distant third position. These results have national significance as the Virginia state is regarded as a kind of political laboratory when it comes to managing the divisions within both the Republican and Democratic parties. Voters in Virginia apparently support the establishment in this context.
Perriello, the Democratic challenger, has the support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont. The former tried to challenge the existing status quo of his party, but could not bring in sufficient number of voters from workers and the young crowd to sweep away Northam. The latter enjoys an excellent grip of the Democrat vote machine. Almost all the Democratic elected leaders have endorsed the latter's candidature.
Northam, soon after his election win, made a call to all Democrats and party supporters to take back control of House of Delegates, presently controlled by the Republicans. He stated his intention of talking with Perriello and so the House of Delegates again comes under Democratic control. Campaigning will begin quickly, Justin Fairfax vying for lieutenant governor position. Fairfax saw off two challengers. Mark R. Herring, the Attorney General, was unopposed for his nomination.
Democrats and Republicans
When it comes to voters, Democrats turned out in much greater numbers compared to Republicans. The Democratic gubernatorial primary witnessed approximately 540,000 voters being cast. The Republican side, in contrast, saw only 360,000 votes. These numbers are an amalgamation of all the precincts.
When it comes to Republicans, Gillespie is the man. Jill Holtzman Vogel is the GOP candidate for lieutenant governorship. She is a seasoned campaigner and state senator who have decisively beaten two opponents. John Adams is the nominee for attorney general. The latter has no opponent in the primaries. The GOP suffers from a certain amount of disunity. Stewart, the losing candidate, has refused to concede and said that he will not support Gillespie. The enmity between the two men runs deep, with Stewart mocking Gillespie as the “Establishment Ed”.
Gillespie has already reached out to the Republican voters who have supported Stewart. He said that he will not only listen to their concerns, but will fight for them all through November.