Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has won the Virginia gubernatorial race. With 72 percent of precincts reporting, Northam had 52.3 percent of the vote, compared to Republican Ed Gillespie with 46.5 percent. This was a contentious race, with Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and lobbyist, running ads defending Confederate monuments and accusing Northam, a pediatric neurologist, of being soft on crime. Both parties spent millions on the race, as did outside groups.