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Northam wins LG race

The Associated Press and other news outlets have called the lieutenant governor’s race for Democrat Ralph Northam.

Northam defeats Republican E.W. Jackson. As of this post, about 8:45 Tuesday night, Northam had about 53 percent of the vote to Jackson’s 47 percent, with about 68 percent of the vote in.

Northam will be the first Democratic lieutenant governor since Tim Kaine held the office. Republican Bill Bolling has had it for the past two terms.

Northam’s win in the lieutenant governor’s race sets up another interesting race — the one to fill his seat in the state Senate, which is evenly divided 20-20 between the two parties. The lieutenant governor has the tie-breaking vote, and current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has helped give the GOP effective control of the chamber. Having Democrat Northam at the helm would seem to shift that control to Democrats, but that’s only if a Democrat wins Northam’s seat, and even then it’s questionable how senators would deal with the Senate’s existing rules of operation that helped give Republicans the advantage.