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The Wall Street Journal: Northam, Gillespie beat party upstarts in Virginia gubernatorial primary

ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, in the most significant intraparty contest between the party’s establishment and insurgent wings since Democrats’ trouncing in the 2016 presidential election.

In the Republican primary for governor, the party establishment was rattled anew by the disruptive forces unleashed by President Donald Trump’s election. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, who was heavily favored, won by just a single percentage point over Corey Stewart, the Virginia state chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign.

Voters in both primaries rejected the extreme elements that have animated their parties since Trump’s election.

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