Ralph Northam wins Democratic nomination for governor

Ralph Northam wins Democratic nomination for governor

Pressed by NBC as to whether he would campaign with Trump, Gillespie also hedged and argued this was about state and local issues. The Clinton-Sanders redux race many hoped for never materialized.

Perriello embraced a new political terrain for Democratic candidates, one governed by opposition to Trump, grassroots, and small-dollar donor. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is banking on a cerebral appeal, saying he'll also stand up to Trump but will work with state Republicans to move a progressive agenda forward. For someone making $60,000 a year, that would mean about $400 less in state income taxes owed. But Perriello's bid earlier this year upended the race, with the former congressman catching national attention for his fiery anti-Trump rhetoric. Northam initially centered his focus on statewide questions. Northam had pushed his campaign further to the left and has described Trump as a narcissistic maniac - while Perriello instead attempted to reach out to Trump voters by selling a message of economic populism framed through a progressive perspective. He was special adviser to the prosecution of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and served as special envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo under the Obama administration.

The most crowded GOP primary is a six-way contest for outgoing Del.

Perriello made a surprise entrance into the race in January and faced an uphill climb from the beginning. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen.

Together, Northam and Perriello agreed to hold a "unity"-themed rally the morning after the race, regardless of Tuesday's results".

"If you're looking for somebody who is not afraid of controversy, and if you're looking for a victor, then I am your candidate", Stewart said at a recent debate. Still, Perriello touted his good relations with the popular former president, using video from the old re-election rally in a series of ads. He cast himself as an unapologetic liberal and front-line warrior in the resistance to Trump and has been endorsed by Sen.


At first expected to cruise to the nomination without a serious challenge, Northam countered with a broader slate of state-based support. The current governor, Terry McAuliffe, is a former chair of the Democratic National Committee. Although Mark Warner narrowly defeated Gillespie, Gillespie quickly bounced back and announced his plan to run for Virginia's governor in October 2015. Both state House and Senate caucuses pledged their support just ahead of Perriello's announcement.

On policy, both candidates offered progressive platforms, and both had imperfect progressive credentials.

"Is all of this protest energy going to turn into votes at the polls, or is this something where we've figured out how to march every weekend but not quite how to march to the polls", said Perriello, who is backed by prominent national Democrats like U.S. Sens.

Northam has encountered his own difficulties.

Virginia is an increasingly blue state.

The Democratic primary contest has been a hard fought battle between Northam, the state party establishment's favorite, and insurgent candidate Tom Perriello. "And so I think it's fair to refer to him as a narcissist, because that's what he is".

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