Democrat Ralph Northam elected Virginia governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, center, along with State Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton, D-Fairfax, right, and John Bell,D-Loudoun, listens to speakers during a visit with volunteers at a canvass kickoff site in Sterling, Va., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Northam faces Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in the Nov. 7th election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Ralph Northam has won Virginia's race for governor.

Early unofficial results show Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie on Tuesday.

Virginia's hard-fought race was closely watched as a swing-state test of President Donald Trump's popularity. Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state's lieutenant governor, repeatedly tried to tie Gillespie to the president during months of divisive campaigning overshadowed by racial overtones and attack ads.

Northam's victory was in large part due to a surge in anti-Trump energy since the president took office. Democrats said they had record levels of enthusiasm heading into the race.

Gillespie kept Trump at a distance throughout the campaign but tried to rally the president's supporters with hard-edge ads focused on illegal immigration and preserving Confederate statues.

Northam gives his victory speech in the video below:

For a brief moment, protestors interrupted Northam's speech.

Meanwhile, Republican Ed Gillespie conceded to Northam in Richmond. ABC7's Anna-Lysa Gayle was there with more in the video below:

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