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Va. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam wins Democratic gubernatorial primary

CRYSTAL CITY, VA -- Just over an hour after the polls closed on Tuesday, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam was declared the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, CNN projected.

After all the votes were counted, Northam finished with 303,429 votes or 55.90% compared to that of challenger Tom Perriello, who finished with 239,383 votes or 44.10%.

At Northam's victory party in Crystal City, he was joined on stage by many of the top politicians in Virginia including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, and Sen. Tim Kaine.

When he took to the stage, Northam first thanked Perriello for a well-run campaign and promised to do his best to win over his supporters in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Looking ahead to November, Northam said he would lead the Democrats on the offensive to maintain control of the governor and lieutenant governor positions and take back control of the House and Senate.