RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson in a race sharply defined by social issues.
Northam easily beat Jackson on Tuesday following a campaign that centered on Northam's defense of abortion rights and Jackson's Christian-based anti-abortion platform. Jackson also opposes gay marriage, while Northam supports it.
Republican E.W. Jackson sounded anything but a loser as he rallied a downcast crowd at GOP election headquarters after losing the race for lieutenant governor. Saying he was "unbroken, unbowed," the lawyer-turned-preacher gave a stirring address Tuesday night in Richmond to supporters after his loss to Northam.
Northam succeeds Republican Bill Bolling. A Democrat hasn't occupied the office since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor in 2006.
The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts a ballot on tie votes.
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