FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, Virginia Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Tuesday's election. Sweeping victories in Virginia and key gains in other 2017 state legislative races have Democrats hoping for even bigger wins in next year's midterm election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Charlottesville unrest was a factor for many Virginia voters

November 11, 2017 - 11:43 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville this summer and President Donald Trump's response loomed in the minds of many Virginia voters during Tuesday's elections in which Democrats made significant gains.

A political organization that spent months focused on black voter outreach says it surveyed minority voters and most said they saw their vote as a way to push back against white supremacy. Some voters interviewed by The Associated Press said the same thing.

Democrats swept all three statewide races Tuesday, with Ralph Northam defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race by nearly 9 points. They also have a shot at retaking control of the House of Delegates after picking up at least 15 seats. Three races that will determine control of the chamber remain too close to call.

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