Perriello emphasized a progressive, national platform throughout his campaign and was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama singing his praises. Northam, the sitting lieutenant governor, was the establishment favorite, backed by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia U.S. Sens. He narrowly beat Stewart in Northern Virginia and Richmond while Stewart won handily in rural and exurban areas. The more establishment Democrat, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, won by a much bigger margin (56 percent to 44 percent) than expected.
"I don't know about you, but I'm inspired to keep fighting tonight", Perriello said.
Gillespie's tight victory over Prince William County Board of Supervisors chair Corey Stewart came as a major surprise.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie greets voters mid-afternoon at the polls at Glen Allen High School, near Richmond, Va., on primary day across the state on Tuesday June 13, 2017. His reply: "I said, 'Damn right I am!'" Northam has pushed his campaign further to the left and has described Trump as a narcissistic maniac - while Perriello has attempted to reach out to Trump voters by selling a message of economic populism framed through a progressive perspective. Gillespie has successfully tiptoed around the presence of Trump, embracing his policies that are popular with Republicans without directly tying his campaign to the President.
Norfolk resident Andrew Patton was one voter drawn to Stewart, who briefly served as Trump's campaign chairman in Virginia before he was sacked from the post.
Despite their varying approaches, months on the trail have revealed two candidates as more alike than not. "I think he stands for the values that Virginians want at this point". He energized many new-to-politics voters who oppose Trump but was ultimately unable to expand the universe of Democratic primary voters enough to counter Northam's advantages.
Virginia and New Jersey are the only states set to elect governors this year, and the contest in the Old Dominion is attracting broad national attention as a possible early referendum on Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
In total, there was a 70 percent increase in Democratic voter turnout from the last gubernatorial primary that took place in 2009.
Among those, two incumbents - Ron Villanueva, who represents part of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and Bobby Orrock, who represents parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties - both defeated primary challengers.
In the primaries for lieutenant governor, the Historic Triangle chose Democrat Justin Fairfax while the Republican ballot remained much closer, with Jill Vogel and Bryce Reeves within 110 votes of each other late Tuesday. Trump's approval rating in Virginia, in public and private polls, is now about 35 percent, creating headwinds for Gillespie and other Republicans. Northam has taken a more cautious approach on the pipeline, calling for a rigorous review before they are built without outright rejecting the proposal.
Corey Stewart didn't quite manage the sort of massive upset achieved by President Donald Trump, his former boss and political role model, but he came terrible close.
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