Democrat Ralph Northam wins Virginia governor’s race

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Democrat Ralph Northam has won the Virginia governor’s race, the Associated Press and NBC News projected Tuesday night, in what many analysts see as a rebuke to President Donald Trump. With more than 60% of the votes counted, Northam led Republican Ed Gillespie 51.7% to 47.2%. Gillespie, a Republican establishment candidate, was endorsed by Trump. Coming a year after presidential elections, the Virginia governor’s race is traditionally seen as a bellwether of voter sentiment toward the incumbent president. Meanwhile, the AP and CNN projected Democrat Phil Murphy to easily win the governor’s race in New Jersey over Republican Kim Guadagno, succeeding Chris Christie.

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