Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Ed Gillespie was defeated last night by Democratic candidate Ralph Northam. Despite his election loss, Gillespie delivered a gracious concession speech, even quoting Scripture.
In what many political analysts were calling a race that would be a test run for Democrats in the 2018 midterms, Republicans were widely defeated. Gillespie received 45 percent of the vote, according to the Virginia Department of Elections, while Northam received 53.9 percent.
Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor Jill Vogel, as well as Republican candidate for Attorney General John Adams also were defeated in Tuesday’s election.
In his concession speech, however, Gillespie chose to remain optimistic and grateful to those who supported him, including his family, those who volunteered, and those who gave him their vote.
Gillespie also wished Northam the best success as he takes on the leadership of the Commonwealth from current Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
“As I said throughout the course of this campaign, Gov.-elect Northam is a good man and I appreciate his service to our country and our Commonwealth, and I wish him nothing but the best success as our 73rd governor," said Gillespie.
At the end of his speech, Gillespie said a special thanks to his wife and expressed his belief in what he called his favorite verse, Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“I hope God will discern what his calling is for me next,” he continued, “but I know this, whatever it is, Kathy Gillespie will be by my side.”
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Publication date: November 8, 2017