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Northam Defeats Jackson, Attorney General Race Too Close To Call

Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, left, waves to the crowd during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Tysons Corner, Va.
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Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, left, waves to the crowd during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Tysons Corner, Va.

Democrats not only celebrated winning Virginia's top elected office on Tuesday, but also the second seat down.

State Senator Ralph Northam beat Republican E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor, claiming 55 percent of the vote to Jackson's 44 percent. The win means that a Democrat will possibly be able to break tied votes in the evenly divided Senate.

Still, Northam's win means that a special election will be held for his state Senate seat in Norfolk, an election that will eventually determine who controls the state Senate.

In the race for attorney general, the count remained to close to call. Shortly before midnight, state Senator Mark Herring of Loudoun said he is not conceding the race to Republican Mark Obenshain.

"Right now, it's basically 50-50 and the numbers have been moving in our direction all night. The race is far from over," he said.

With almost all precincts reporting, Herring held on to a 616 vote lead.

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