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+Ralph Northam (D)
1,409,175
53.90%
Ed Gillespie (R)
1,175,731
44.97%
Clifford Hyra (L)
27,987
1.07%
write-in
1,389
0.05%

2,614,282

Registration (active): 5,104,363.
Plurality 233,444 votes (8.93 percentage points).

 VA Dept. of Elections




Notes: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was term-limited. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam(D) held the seat. Democrats kept all statewide offices and made gains in the state legislature. Trump was a significant factor in the race; although he endorsed Gillespie, Gillespie kept his distance, making no appearances with the president.

Virginia Public Access Project reported this was the most expensive campaign ever for governor of Virginia. Total spending of $65 million by the two major campaigns topped the $60 million spent in 2013; the Northam campaign outspent the Gillespie campaign by $36.5 million to $29.1 million, while Hyra's campaign spent just $76,370 (>).

Campaign Managers:
Ralph Northam: Brad Komar
State lead on HillaryClinton's March 1, 2016 Colorado caucus campaign.  Campaign manager on Gov. John Hickenlooper's successful re-election in 2014.  Campaign manager on Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Feb.-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on Larry Maggi for Congress (Washington, PA), Feb.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on NJ Senate/ Assembly races, June-Dec 2011.  Field director in CD24 (Utica) for the New York State Democratic Committee, May-Nov. 2010.  Regional field director on the Obama campaign in Rolla, Missouri, June-Nov. 2008.  Field organizer and delegate selection coordinator on Hillary Clinton for President, June 2007-Jan. 2008.  Graduate of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, 2011.

Ed Gillespie: Chris Leavitt
Founder and CEO of Superior Strategies LLC from Jan. 2015.  Campaign manager on Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, Nov. 2012-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on Bob Goodlatte for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Bryce Reeves for VA Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2011.  Political director on Mike Bouchard for Governor (MI), Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Field director in the Charlottesville area for the Republican Party of Virginia, April-Dec. 2009.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from the University of Maine, 2008.






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