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Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie to face off in Virginia gubernatorial race

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and Republican Ed Gillespie will face off in the Virginia gubernatorial election in November.

In the Tuesday primaries, Northam defeated his slightly more liberal challenger, former Rep. Tom Perriello, while Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, had a narrow victory over Corey Stewart, who served as President Trump's state campaign chairman. Stewart did not concede immediately, and said "there's one word you will never hear from me and that's 'unity.' Because look, folks, we've been backing down too long ... in defense of our culture, our heritage, and our country."

Northam said he would work to ensure that Democrats take control of the state's House of Delegates, adding it's "time for us to get back on offense and stop playing so much defense."