Various media sources projected that Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia. The two parties spent million to get out the vote in the Old Dominion. Gillespie won the endorsement of President Donald Trump in a race that has been heralded as a referendum on Trump’s presidency. However, Trump lost Virginia by six points in the 2016 general election.

Both national parties have spent millions of dollars in Virginia during a race that was marked by accusations by incumbent Gov. Terry McAuliffe that Gillespie had run a “racist” and “gutter” campaign. As of 8:31 p.m. local time, the Virginia Department of Elections calculated that Northam had received 51.8 percent of the votes cast, as opposed to 47 percent for Gillespie. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra polled 1.7 percent.

Gillespie served as chairman of the Republican National Committee and was a Washington DC lobbyist who has been tagged as pro-immigration. 

Donald Trump tweeted severally on Tuesday, urging his supporters to vote for Gillespie while tweeting that a Northam victory will herald increased crime and a downturn for the economy.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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