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Northam Defeats Chopra for Lt. Gov Nomination Despite Funding Disparity

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Some political experts say they were surprised by who took home the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday.    

State Senator Ralph Northam beat former White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra 54 to 46 percent. That's despite Chopra's significant fundraising advantage. He raised more than two times the funds Northam did.

Analysts say both Northam and attorney general nominee Mark Herring likely have their home supporters to thank in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

Geoff Skelley of the University of Virginia Center for Politics said, "That gives you perhaps a better geographical base of support in some instances, especially when you're running against two guys who have not held office in Virginia."

Northam will take on Republican nominee E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor.    

Herring will face Senator Mark Obenshain from Harrisonburg for attorney general.

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