Ralph Northam Elected to be Virginia's Next Governor, Beats Ed Gillespie

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Ralph Northam  (FILE IMAGE) Ralph Northam (FILE IMAGE)

Democrat Ralph Northam, a physician by trade and winner of Virginia's acrimonious governor's race, says he will seek to be a healer of divisions and political rancor when he takes office.

Northam said in his victory speech that the eyes of the nation were on Virginia on Election Tuesday.

"Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we do not condone hatred and bigotry," he added. "In Virginia, it is going to take a doctor to heal our differences. I'm here to let you know the doctor is in. And this doctor will be on call the next four years."

Northam also praised the state's growing diversity and said he would work to make the state more inclusive. "Our lights will be on, our doors will be open," he said.

Defeated Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie says he wishes his Democratic opponent success in the governor's mansion.

Ralph Northam soundly beat the Republican Gillespie in a bitter race Tuesday that had been expected to be close.

In his concession speech, Gillespie wiped tears from his eyes. He said he had called Northam to offer his support in any way he could.

Gillespie hoped to win by rallying President Donald Trump's supporters with hard-edge ads focused on illegal immigration and preserving Confederate statues.

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