(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia voters turned out in rainy weather Tuesday to pick a new governor after months of divisive campaigning led to an ugly slugfest overshadowed by racial overtones and attack ads.
New Jersey, a reliably Democratic state, was the only other state holding a gubernatorial election. The contests were seen as an early referendum on Donald Trump’s first year in office.
Both parties are seeking momentum ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
In Virginia — the only Southern state Trump lost last year — Republican Ed Gillespie is in a tight race with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy faces Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was at the side of Gov. Chris Christie for the past