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LIVE UPDATES: Northam leads the way as Democrats win across Virginia

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 23:45:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has won the Virginia governor’s race, CNN projects, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie.

Northam’s win is a huge boost for Democrats desperate for their first swing state victory during President Donald Trump’s tenure in office. Northam overcame a Trump-style television advertising barrage from Gillespie, whose ads accused him of being soft on MS-13 gangs by voting against a bill banning sanctuary cities. Gillespie also echoed Trump’s calls to keep Confederate monuments in place.

Additionally, all 100 Virginia House of Delegates are up for election and have brought a lot of new contenders to the field.  To grab control of the chamber, Democrats  need to gain 17 seats, while Republicans need to gain one seat to obtain a veto-proof super majority.

CBS 6 is stationed throughout Virginia on Election Day, covering multiple angles of this race. Look for multiple updates below and on our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.