Victory for McAuliffe and Northam

Thanks to everyone who helped make possible Terry McAuliffe’s and Ralph Northam’s election victories Tuesday in the races for governor and lieutenant governor.

Among other reasons to celebrate: McAuliffe made expansion of Medicaid coverage to more than 400,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act a central part of his campaign.

The race for attorney general between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain is still too close to call, and may be decided by a count of provisional ballots and a recount.

Again, Lexington proved to be a Democratic stronghold. Here are the results for the city:

For Governor
Terry R. McAuliffe: 936 votes (61.66%)
Ken T. Cuccinelli: 498 votes (32.81%)
Robert C. Sarvis: 65 votes (4.28%)

For Lieutenant Governor

Ralph S. Northam: 1,058 votes (71.01%)
E. W. Jackson: 427 votes (28.66%)

For Attorney General
Mark R. Herring: 941 votes (62.69%)
Mark D. Obenshain: 557 votes (37.11%)

Although Republican State Delegate Ben Cline ran unopposed for reelection, a write-in campaign for Jeff Price produced 319 votes in Lexington alone.

Well done!

Update (December 18): After a recount, Mark Obenshain has conceded, making Mark Herring the winner of the election for attorney general.

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