2017 Virginia general election results: Attorney general, lieutenant governor

Justine Fairfax
Democrat Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax addresses the Ralph Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Mark Herring
Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring and his wife Laura, right, celebrate his re-election with supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Herring won a second term as Virginia’s attorney general Tuesday, beating back a challenge from Republican John Adams. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (C) links arms with (L-R) current Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (C) links arms with (L-R) current Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Win McNamee)
FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (R) is embraced by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (L) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (R) is embraced by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (L) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Win McNamee)
Governor-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters after during an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.
  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, greets supporters after during an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Win McNamee)
Ralph Northam
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory and addresses supporters and at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory with his wife Pam and daughter Aubrey, right, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory with his wife Pam and daughter Aubrey, right, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, right, celebrates his election victory with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, right, celebrates his election victory with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Ralph Northam, Pam
Virginia Democrat Ralph Northam points to his wife Pam as they celebrate his election victory with supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Northam won the Virginia governor’s race and defeated gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Protestors interrupt Virginia Gov. elect Ralph Northam as he addresses supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Protestors interrupt Virginia Gov. elect Ralph Northam as he addresses supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Ralph Northam
Supporters celebrate news that Democrat Ralph Northam has won the gubernatorial election, while partying at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
Chris Hurst
Democrat Chris Hurst defeated Republican Joseph Yost to win House of Delegates District 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Blacksburg, Va. Hurst celebrates with a packed room of supporters at The Hyatt Place in Blacksburg. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Chris Hurst
Democrat Chris Hurst, right, defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Yost to win House District 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Blacksburg, Va. Hurst celebrates with a packed room of supporters at The Hyatt Place in Blacksburg. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP) (AP/Heather Rousseau)
RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election-night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election-night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Supporters of Democrat Ralph Northam inflate a cartoon chicken made to resemble President Donald Trump outside the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of Democrat Ralph Northam inflate a cartoon chicken made to resemble President Donald Trump outside the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - NOVEMBER 07:   Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA – NOVEMBER 07: Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
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Justine Fairfax
Mark Herring
FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (C) links arms with (L-R) current Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (R) is embraced by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (L) at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Governor-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters after during an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.
  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ralph Northam
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam celebrates his election victory with his wife Pam and daughter Aubrey, right, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, right, celebrates his election victory with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ralph Northam, Pam
Protestors interrupt Virginia Gov. elect Ralph Northam as he addresses supporters at the Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ralph Northam
Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst
RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at an election-night rally on November 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Gillespie was projected to lose to Democrat Ralph Northam.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - NOVEMBER 07:  Supporters of Democrat Ralph Northam inflate a cartoon chicken made to resemble President Donald Trump outside the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - NOVEMBER 07:   Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Democrat Justin Fairfax has been elected Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, a position that often serves as a springboard for future gubernatorial candidates.

Incumbent Mark Herring defeated Republican John Adams and will serve a second term as attorney general.

Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, on Tuesday defeated Republican Jill Vogel, a Republican state senator from Fauquier County.

See the breakdown of results for lieutenant governor here and attorney general here.

Fairfax has never held elective office before. He made his first run for office four years ago, narrowly losing the Democratic nomination for attorney general to Mark Herring.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” Fairfax said to hundreds of cheering supporters at a statewide victory party at George Mason University in Fairfax. “We are changing the course of history in this commonwealth.”

The lieutenant governor post is considered a part-time job and receives a salary just above $36,000 a year. While there are few official duties, the lieutenant governor can cast tiebreaking votes in Virginia’s closely divided state Senate.

Fairfax, who served a two-year stint as a federal prosecutor in Alexandria, has long been interested in politics. After graduating from Duke University, he worked as a briefing coordinator for Tipper Gore during her husband Al’s 2000 presidential campaign. He also worked on the staff of then-Sen. John Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat.

During the campaign, Vogel sought to emphasize bipartisanship, highlighting her collegial ties with Democratic senators and her work on nonpartisan issues such as passing legislation to ban child marriage in Virginia. But Fairfax cited her support of president Donald Trump and her willingness to campaign with Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who has made divisive issues like preservation of Confederate memorials a key part of his agenda.

In her concession speech in Richmond, Vogel said her campaign “talked about things that actually matter to Virginians and inspire Virginians.” Moving forward, she said they would “not be about division” and continue to be about “solutions.”

Vogel attacked Fairfax’s lack of experience, and once said in a debate that Fairfax was not knowledgeable enough on the issues to talk intelligently about them. Fairfax took offense, accusing Vogel of negative campaign tactics.

As lieutenant governor, Fairfax will automatically become a contender for governor in 2021. Virginia bars governors from seeking reelection, and lieutenant governors often seek to move to the governor’s mansion — seven of the last 10 lieutenant governors in Virginia later won their party’s gubernatorial nomination.

Herring said Tuesday that Democratic victory is an “unmistakable message across Virginia and around the world.” He calls for the rejection of the politics of fear and division.

Herring was a former state senator who represented parts of Loudoun and Fairfax counties. As state senator in 2006, he voted to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia, but he had a changed of heart when he became attorney general in 2014 and announced that he would not uphold the ban — something Adams said he should have done. The state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was declared unconstitutional in 2014.

He said that with the Democratic sweep of the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, they will govern as a team to fulfill the promise of Virginia.

Find other results: Governor | House of Delegates | Virginia Local Races | Maryland Local Races

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