Gillespie, Virginia Republicans see defeat in statewide races

Democrats won governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general races

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Tuesday marked a sweep of the Republican statewide ticket.

Attorney general candidate John Adams, lieutenant governor candidate Jill Vogel and gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie all lost to their Democratic counterparts.

Gillespie delivered a humble concession speech before 9 p.m., calling Governor-elect Ralph Northam a "good man."

Tuesday marked a resounding victory for Northam, beating Gillespie by a margin of 8 percent in the polls.

But when Gillespie took the podium, all the attacks that were part of the campaign for the past month were gone in place of humility and praise.

Gillespie was surrounded by supporters here at the campaign headquarters, as well as his Republican running mates Vogel and Adams.

Gillespie used his time at the podium to wish his opponent success upon taking office.

"Governor-elect Northam is a good man and I appreciate his service to our country and our commonwealth, and I wish him nothing but the best success as our 73rd governor, and told him that if I could be helpful to him in making our commonwealth better that I would be happy to do anything I could in that regard," said Gillespie.

National media outlets began calling the race for Northam before 9 p.m. and as that was happening, President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet, distancing himself from Gillespie, saying,"Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"

Despite Gillespie's humble remarks and praise for his opponent, he and his running mates expressed disappointment at the loss and vowed to continue fighting in the future for the Republican party.