RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- State Sen. Ralph Northam is the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, defeating the former White House technology chief Aneesh Chopra in Virginia's statewide primary.
Northam claimed 51.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old Northam is a pediatric neurologist who led the Democrats' Senate charge against a Republican bill that would require intrusive ultrasound exams of women seeking abortions. He will be up against Republican E.W. Jackson, a conservative Chesapeake minister and fiery opponent of abortion who likened Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan.
Chopra was Virginia's Secretary of Technology under Gov. Tim Kaine and chief information officer in President Barack Obama's White House until last year.