Richmond, VA - Democratic state Sen. Ralph S. Northam has been elected lieutenant governor of Virginia.
The Associated Press called the race Tuesday night with 56% of precincts reported. Ralph Northam had 52% of the votes and Republican E.W. Jackson had 48%.
Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson in a race sharply defined by social issues. Northam's campaign centered on Northam's defense of abortion rights and Jackson's Christian-based anti-abortion platform. Jackson also opposes gay marriage, while Northam supports it.
The winner succeeds Republican Bill Bolling.
A Democrat hasn't occupied the office since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor in 2006.
The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts a ballot on tie votes.
You can get the results here.