VIRGINIA: Democrat Ralph Northam Beats GOP Trump Acolyte Ed Gillespie In Tight Gubernatorial Race

NBC News reports:

Democrat Ralph Northam handily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor race on Tuesday in a contest that was being closely watched for signs of the national electorate’s mood.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, Northam had 54 percent and Gillespie had 45 percent. Gillespie conceded in a speech last night to supporters several hours after the polls closed and wished the incoming governor all the best.

In his victory speech, Northam, a doctor, made a clear reference to President Donald Trump but never mentioned him by name.

“Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry,” Northam said. “It’s going to take a doctor to heal our differences. And I’m here to tell you, the doctor is in!”

Northam was briefly interrupted by protesting immigration advocates who were removed from the stage by security. They appeared to be objecting to Northam’s recent statement that he would sign a law banning sanctuary cities in Virginia.

  • Lordy, Joe’s busy all of a sudden!

    • SoCalGal20

      He finally escaped all the drunk Germans.

      • I’m surprised he’s sober enough to post.. 😉

  • Moebym of the Returners

    Polls before the election were tight, but the final poll was not so tight. It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised once in a while.

    • Everything came down to turnout.

      Dems were angry and eager to register their rage against Trump. Moderates were disgusted. And the GOP/Trump base discouraged.

  • SoCalGal20
  • DaddyRay

    There was so much winning tonight Joe’s new threads is like the gate change scene in Airplane
    https://youtu.be/l2iIq3zaP6k?t=369

    • MikeBx2

      I love that silly movie.

      • DaddyRay

        I don’t know if I ever referenced as many gags from a single other movie – I always think how much fun it must have been for the writers

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Female trouble and mommie dearest are my gag line references. I wouldnt have sense of humor without em. Lol

      • DaddyRay

        I do wonder if the next generation will get the gag as they will never know what it means to be able to meet people at the gate when the flight arrives

        • MikeBx2

          How quickly things have changed. We’ve gone from being able to personally greet people as they arrive, to waiting in cell phone lots at the edge of the airport property.

          • djcoastermark

            I personally loved shoving the in laws ass onto the plane to get them the heck out of here.

        • djcoastermark

          Huh ?

          • DaddyRay

            Don’t make me come over there young one

          • djcoastermark

            Hmm, how can I tempt thee, let me count the ways. 😉

      • greenmanTN

        I must have watched Airplane and Love At First Bite 100 Times each on Showtime back in the day.

  • SoCalGal20

    The replies to this tweet are gold! (RSLC is the Republican State Leadership Committee)

    https://twitter.com/JessicaPost/status/928117335998783488

  • bkmn

    Hey Joe,
    We got this. Go back to screwing your brains out in Maspalomas.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips
    • FAEN

      The corn. Hands down.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        I agree

    • jerry

      The corn, because its tassel is a product of nature, and is not some synthetic substance.

      • bzrd

        or road kill

  • William

    Wow, is Shelly starting new threads?

  • FAEN

    Jeebus now I can exhale! SOO happy Northam kicked Gillespie’s Nazi ass and by extension Cheeto’s gigantic McDonald’s eating Nazi ass!

  • safari

    RW sites melting down.

    • FAEN

      Good. Let them rot in their bigotry.

  • ultragreen

    Perhaps Northam should rethink his position on sanctuary cities.

    • FAEN

      Damn skippy! Damn fucking skippy!!

    • djcoastermark

      Might be a little re positioning now . (fingers crossed)

  • MikeBx2
    • djcoastermark

      I’ve already reminded the repugnants on line around here to get out and vote tomorrow. So far , they haven’t caught on. It should be really funny to see their sh** storm tomorrow.

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    • MikeBx2

      Perfect!

  • SoCalGal20

    Shout out to Run For Something. They helped field Millenial candidates in several races. This was just one of their candidates who won tonight.

    https://twitter.com/amandalitman/status/928126660297220096

  • Snarkaholic
  • Moebym of the Returners

    Whoops. I congratulated my Seattle friend on the her city’s first lesbian mayor, and she said she didn’t vote for her.

    Then I realized both candidates were Dems. This is Seattle, after all…

    • JCF

      Your Seattle friend may be a Bro.

      • prixator

        Both candidates were women and millionaires.

  • New thread!

  • DaddyRay

    New Thread – now arriving at gate 12

  • JAKvirginia

    The lesson from tonight? You win when you participate. As someone else here commented, not voting is no longer acceptable.

  • billbear1961

    Tight?

    He won by NINE points!

    • Tulle Christensen

      Joe was out partying with Germans last night we should cut him some slack

      • Ernest Endevor

        I don’t see why. He has a duty to keep us informed and entertained. Why do his priorities lie? With us or hot, wet, hairy men? I think the answer is obvious.

        • Silver Badger

          Yes, yes it is. All we can do is hope Joe had enough towels.

          • canoebum

            It’s a tough universe out there. If you want to survive, you have to always know where your towel is.” -Ford Prefect

          • Danieruw

            We can hope Joe had a camera!

  • I love dim sum

    This win really shows how dumb the whole Russia narrative is. If Putin was personally hacking all of our elections, Northam wouldn’t have won.

    I bet Alex Jo….oops I mean Rachel Maddow is disappointed that she won’t be able to have a 30 minute foaming at the mouth conspiracy rant now that a Hillary-grade democrat (aka republican-lite) won.

    • Girlgoon

      The facts don’t support your supposition.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Nice try, Yuri.

    • Chris

      Yes, because the bank down the street wasn’t robbed, then that bank robbery last month must not have happened!
      No part of the “Russian Narrative” said Putin was “personally” hacking ALL of our elections…just the one. Now settle down, have some borscht, and head out for they day…it’s a chilly 42 in Moscow today, wear a sweater.

  • Ken

    This race was not tight at all. Only FOX news is calling it tight. The Dem won by 9%.

  • octobercountry

    This makes me so, so very happy.

  • BEARY FLINTSTONE

    IT’S ON NOW DEMS! Now do you job and DON’T FUCK IT UP!

  • margaretpoa

    54 to 45 percent is not tight, especially in Virginia.

    • stuckinthewoods

      True, in fact local news reported it as the “largest margin in VA history.” I think that must be wrong (mistaking the largest vote count, simply reflecting our increased population) but this was a very decisive win.

  • JT

    VIRGINIA: Democrat Ralph Northam Beats GOP Trump Acolyte Ed Gillespie In Tight Gubernatorial Race

    Tight? Was the person who wrote that lie tight at the time or just a Drumpfian liar?

  • Chris Bartlett

    this should be the writing on the wall to the Republicans, have the support of Trump, lose your race. If this happens a few more times you will see many more GOP members turning on our beloved president turd.

  • ChiTownGuy

    A nine point margin is NOT a “tight race”.

  • stuckinthewoods

    This turned out not to be tight. There was a decided shift blue in many parts of the state. (NYT interactive link is good, I reduced pic from that to not swamp here)
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/08/us/politics/virginia-governor-results-analysis.html
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac5cbb402e9e548594245d9a9cd7eac36d9fbcf2cd99848564f2a59e34d4380c.jpg