With a record-breaking turnout, Virginia Gov.
Ralph Northam (D) has won a second term.
The former first lady of the state won the state by 715,000 votes, a margin of more than 5 percent.
The election results come as the Democratic Party is struggling to recover from the 2016 election loss, when it was defeated in both the House and Senate by President Donald Trump.
Trump won Virginia by nearly 6 million votes, or nearly 9 percent of the vote, over Democratic nominee Ed Gillespie, according to exit polls.
Virginia, the bluest of blue states, had been a swing state for Trump, but Democrats have been trying to make gains in the battleground state in recent weeks.
Trump’s victory in the state last November, along with a number of other recent statewide elections, has pushed the party toward a potential win in the 2018 midterm elections.
Ahead of the election, the Democratic National Committee released a list of more progressive policies that it has promised to advocate for, including a plan to support transgender rights.
The party has also been pushing for expanded public financing of elections, and more funding for early childhood education.