Democrat Team: Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring

Virginia Primary results show two state senators will join former Democratic Party chair on ticket for 2013 general election.

State Sens. Ralph Northam and Mark Herring will join gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on the Democratic ticket in November after winning Virginia’s Democratic primary election Tuesday. 

McAuliffe, who was unopposed in the primary, will run against Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for governor. Northam, of Norfolk, will face Chesapeake pastor E.W. Jackson in the lieutenant governor’s race and Herring, from Loudon, will go up against GOP nominee Mark Obenshain.

The end of the primary marks the start of a general election that promises to be a political junkie’s dream: McAuliffe, a prolific fundraiser who for years was joined at the hip with President Bill Clinton, versus Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite and anything but shy about flaunting his conservative credentials.

Tuesday’s unofficial results showed Northam won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor with 55 percent of the vote, defeating his opponent Aneesh Chopra. Chopra conceded around 9 p.m.

The following tweet went out on Chopra’s Twitter account at 9 p.m.: “Congratulations to Senator @RalphNortham on his victory tonight. I'm looking forward to working together to win in November. #Unity

“It is an honor to be the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor,” Northam said in a statement. “Now let’s win in November and return our Commonwealth to the years of Governors Warner and Kaine that focused on the issues that matter most to Virginians. We must roll back the damage that has been done in the last two years and stop the assault on women’s reproductive health care."

The Associated Press sent out a bulletin at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday announcing Herring had defeated former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax for attorney general.

Voter turnout for the primary was extremely low.

Northam, 53, is a U.S. Army veteran who has served six years in office. He defeated an incumbent of eight years in 2007 to win the seat.

During his campaign, Northam said he would try to repeal legislation he believes attacks women's reproductive rights, and he wants Virginia to expand its Medicaid system. The pediatric neurologist from Norfolk also said he would support stricter gun control legislation, including universal background checks and banning assault weapons and high-volume clips.

Chopra, 40, is a Harvard grad and the first U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama.

During his campaign, Chopra promised to work to repeal laws that curtail women's access to healthcare and so-called voter suppression laws.


Polls closed at 7 p.m.

Here are the statewide races we’re following. Check for updates throughout the night.

Lieutenant Governor

Candidate Percent of Votes Aneesh Chopra 46 Ralph Northam 55

State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) faced off against Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama.

Although Chopra lacks Northam’s veteran experience in public office, he had more financial support behind him, soundly beating Northam in the most recent fundraising period.

Attorney General

Candidate Percent of Votes Justin Fairfax Mark Herring

State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) faced Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor who worked to fight drug and human trafficking in Alexandria.

Like Northam, Herring has experience as an advantage in the race, but Fairfax’s history as a prosecutor won him looks from big players, including a Washington Post endorsement.

Virginia residents in the Commonwealth's 86th district will also vote for one of two Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates. The winner will oppose Del. Tom Rust (R-Fairfax) in November. 

Jennifer Boysko, a community activist in Herndon, will compete Tuesday against Herb Kemp, president and CEO of the OneAlpha Corporation in Herndon.

Locally Involved June 16, 2013 at 01:55 PM
PS Kim - You owe Patch an apology for your baseless claims of censorship and bias.
Brad L June 16, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Locally Involved once again demonstrates he/she/it is clueless. As demonstrated by comments about Right To Work laws. Right to Work means an individual working for an entity is NOT REQUIRED to join a union. In this day and age unions are obsolete. We have laws on the books to protect workers from unsafe conditions, etc. If I am working for a company, I certainly do not want to be required to join a union (many of which are corrupt). Most unions take their union dues and pay their executives ridiculous sums of money and then support liberal/progressive causes with the rest. There's honestly very little support for the average worker anyway. So, readers, don't let Locally Involved sway your opinion as he/she/it totally distorts the facts in most cases.
Locally Involved June 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Brad L and et al. No one is debating the genesis of Right to Work. Reading comprehension seems to be an issue glossed over in many people's education and experience. Sad. It is the abuse of Right to Work in a service economy. Right to Work was developed in a manufacturing era. Right to Work gives all the power to the employer in a service economy with absolutely no recourse for today's professional workforce. Period. Right to Work laws do need to change. We are not a 'corporatocracy' - despite the overwhelming tones of the Robber Baron era that we are in the midst of revisiting right now. Suggest reading up on the economic transformation of America. Would benefit those that throw spurious accusations and derogatory remarks, unable to grasp the context of the modern economic era. But then, not surprised. Short term, lazy thinking does dominate around 30% of the population worldwide. Pity.
RJ June 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
What is wrong with censorship an bias? Patch is a privately owned entity, they can be biased and censor whoever they want. Bias and censorship helps create a marketable product, look at Foxnews, MSNBC, Rush Limbaugh.....ect
RJ June 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Its the INTERNET! There are no neighbors on the internet.


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