RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- State Sen. Ralph Northam is the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, defeating the former White House technology chief Aneesh Chopra in Virginia's statewide primary.

Northam claimed 51.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

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The 53-year-old Northam is a pediatric neurologist who led the Democrats' Senate charge against a Republican bill that would require intrusive ultrasound exams of women seeking abortions.

He will be up against Republican E.W. Jackson, a conservative Chesapeake minister and fiery opponent of abortion who likened Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan.

Chopra was Virginia's Secretary of Technology under Gov. Tim Kaine and chief information officer in President Barack Obama's White House until last year.

State Sen. Mark Herring has won the Democratic nomination for Virginia attorney general over political newcomer Justin Fairfax.

The 51-year-old Herring captured nearly 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's statewide primary. He now takes on a fellow state senator, Republican Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, in the Nov. 5 election.

Herring took his state Senate seat from Loudoun County in 2006 and was re-elected two years ago by nine percentage points over Republican Patricia Phillips.

He was a member of the county's board of supervisors before being elected to the Senate. He is the principal attorney in his own law firm in Leesburg.

Election Results

Lieutenant Governor (Dem), Ralph Northam with 54.3 percent over Aneesh Chopra; open seat.

Attorney General (Dem), Mark Herring with 51.6 percent over Justin Fairfax; open seat.

House District 6 (GOP), Jeff Campbell with 70.6 percent over Jack Weaver; open seat.

House District 15 (GOP), Del. Todd Gilbert with 92.1 percent over Mark Prince.

House District 16 (GOP), Les Adams with 80.3 percent over Kenneth Bowman; open seat.

House District 28 (GOP), Speaker William J. Howell with 91.6 percent over Craig Ennis.

House District 29 (GOP), Mark J. Berg with 51.3 percent over Del. Beverly Sherwood.

House District 33 (GOP), Dave LaRock with 57.4 percent over Del. Joe May.

House District 54 (GOP), Del. Bobby Orrock with 56.7 percent over Dustin Curtis.

House District 63 (Dem), Del. Rosalyn Dance with 52.9 percent over Evandra Thompson.

House District 85 (GOP), Scott Taylor with 44.6 percent over Gary Byler and Jeremy Waters; open seat.

House District 86 (Dem), Jennifer Boysko with 77.3 percent over Herb Kemp; open seat.

House District 90 (Dem), Del. Algie T. Howell with 68.1 percent over Rick James.

Local Races

Norfolk Commissioner of the Revenue: Poston defeats McDonald

Portsmouth Sheriff: Watson defeats Moore

Gloucester Co. Board of Supervisors: John C. Meyer Jr. defeats Louise Theberge

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