Not that close after all
CNN, AP, NBC News have called the Virginia governor race for Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the past few days over Republican Ed Gillespie, 51% to 48%. From NBC News:
Both national parties have spent millions of dollars in Virginia and are closely watching it as an early barometer of the political climate and test of campaign tactics in the first major election since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory last year.
Northam, an Army veteran and pediatric neurologist who serves as the state’s lieutenant governor, struggled to capitalize on his ad-ready biography as the race descended into a nasty culture war. Popular Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe is term-limited.
Gillespie is a former lobbyist and Republican National Committee chairman who seemed surprisingly adept at navigating the troubled waters of the Trump-era GOP, with a message aimed at the president’s voters and a biography that has helped keep establishment Republicans onboard.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) November 8, 2017
8:12 PM: AP, NBC News, CNN have called it for Northam:
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 8, 2017
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 8, 2017
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 8, 2017
With 7 bellwether precincts reporting Northam is up 55.5% to Gillespie’s 43%. #VAGov
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 8, 2017
7:09PM: Could this be a sign for a long night?
Northam 49.3% – 48.5% Gillespie. For what it’s worth.
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) November 8, 2017
The polls have officially closed.
— Virginia GOP (RPV) (@VA_GOP) November 8, 2017
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