A 38 year old attorney has won election as the state of Virginia’s first African American Lt. Governor.
Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, defeated Republican Jill Vogel, taking over 52% of the vote.
Fairfax becomes only the second African American to win statewide office in Virginia since L. Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in 1989.
All eyes were on Virginia tonight, and the most closely watched race was the Virginia’s Governor’s contest, where Democrat Ralph Northam easily beat Republican Ed Gillespie, who also lost a Senate race there a few years ago.
Gillespie had hitched his trailer to President Trump and his policies, and vowed to ensure confederate monuments would not be removed from Virginia state grounds if he were elected.
Gillespie took that stubborn stand even as outrage grew over the Charlottesville massacre, where a young woman was murdered by a racist protester over the summer.
But the race was over early, with Gillespie losing by nearly 10 percentage points.
Virginia was being watched closely as a measure of Trump’s waning popularity ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
The verdict: Democrats swept all 3 state races, and were closing in on re-taking a majority in the state legislature.