Primary Update: Gillespie, Stewart Deadlocked; Northam Gets Democrat Nomination

With only absentee ballots yet to be tallied, Loudoun’s primary election results reflect the tight races seen by candidates statewide.

On the Democratic side, Ralph S. Northam has been declared the winner of the nomination for governor, holding off a brisk six-month challenge by former Congressman Tom S. Perriello. In Loudoun, where Perriello campaigned heavily, Northam won by 659 votes. Statewide, Northam was leading 55.9 percent of the vote to Perriello’s 44.1 percent.

Susan S. Platt won in Loudoun, but lost her bid for the lieutenant governor nomination to Justin E. Fairfax. Statewide, Fairfax got 48.5 percent of the vote to Platt’s 39.7 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting.

The Republican races remain too close to call statewide.

Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie narrowly beat Corey A. Stewart in Loudoun voting—44.8 to 42.23 percent. Frank W. Wagner trailed with 11 percent of the vote. Statewide, Gillespie holds a 0.6 percent lead over Stewart.

In the party’s lieutenant governor race, Jill H. Vogel handily won in Loudoun, totaling 7,636 votes to Bryce Reeves’ 2,731 votes. But statewide, Vogel holds on a 1.2 percent lead.

In the 33rd House District Democratic Primary, Tia L. Walbridge beat Mavis B. Taintor in Loudoun and district-wide. Walbridge will challenge Republican incumbent Dave LaRock in November.

In the 67th House of Delegates District, which includes a part of eastern Loudoun, Democrat Karrie K. Delaney is winning a three-way race to challenge incumbent Republican Jim LeMunyon.

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