Former congressman Tom Perriello joined a handful of college students on Monday as they pressed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, a former Washington lobbyist and strategist, to disclose the names of clients he has represented over the past five years.
It’s the kind of campaign event that would have been expected of Perriello had he won the June 13 Democratic primary for governor. He lost to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, but there he was anyway, stumping for Northam.
Virginia is the birthplace of American democracy, but it is also the birthplace of American slavery. We often hear our history described as a steady progress toward equality, but in reality, each generation that has pushed for progress has faced violence from those who seek to preserve a system of racial hierarchy.
Ralph Northam’s decisive win in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in June took a big toll on his war chest, leaving him with just $1.75 million on hand — about half as much as Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s $3.2 million, according to campaign finance numbers released Monday.
Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, raised nearly $2 million in June, bringing the total amassed for his bid to $9.4 million.
Former congressman Tom Perriello, who drew national attention in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor but came up short at the polls, will lead a new political action committee aimed at ending the GOP’s longtime majority in the commonwealth’s House of Delegates.
The Win Virginia group has already raised $260,000 from four wealthy donors, three of them longtime Democratic supporters from Fairfax County. The fourth is from California.
He won’t be leading the Democratic ticket as his party’s candidate for governor, but Tom Perriello will spend the rest of the 2017 election cycle working on another political dream: taking over the GOP-dominated House of Delegates.
After falling short in his whirlwind gubernatorial primary run against Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, the former congressman will lead a new political action committee, Win Virginia, that will provide financial and strategic support to Democratic House candidates. The PAC is expected to invest about $800,000 to help Democrats try to flip Republican-held seats.
The defeat of Tom Perriello, who ran as a populist with the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary in Virginia, marked a loss for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
But the results had more to do with timing and the strength of the state’s party apparatus than with ideology, analysts say.
While Tom Periello fell short in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday, the former congressman convincingly carried the Democratic vote in Nelson County.
Perriello, who represented Nelson residents in Congress as the 5th District representative from 2009 to 2010, secured 1,768 votes, or almost 91 percent, of the Democratic turnout, unofficial election results show.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) won the Democratic gubernatorial primary over former Congressman Tom Perriello Tuesday, and Republican front-runner Ed Gillespie eked out a victory over challenger Corey Stewart. On the Republican side, with nearly 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, held a 1.2-point advantage over Stewart, who chairs the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
President Donald Trump had an outsized effect on Virginia's primary contests for governor, but not in the ways most people expected.
Democratic voters were energized in opposition to Trump and turned out in higher-than-expected numbers Tuesday. But the majority were happy to back the more moderate and establishment-favored Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam over a liberal insurgent who sought to portray his candidacy as the tip of the spear of the anti-Trump resistance.
Outspent on the airwaves in the final days of Virginia’s gubernatorial primary, Democrat Tom Perriello scrounged for votes in the dead of night Saturday at a truck stop and a Waffle House in rural parts of the state.
A few hours later, his rival, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, showcased the power of the state’s Democratic machine at his disposal as he campaigned in voter-rich Northern Virginia with three power hitters beloved by state Democrats: Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the commonwealth’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner.