REWATCH: Governor-elect Ralph Northam holds first press conference after election

REWATCH: Governor-elect Ralph Northam holds first press conference after election
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
(Source: NBC12)
(Source: NBC12)

(WWBT) - Democrats had a clean sweep of the top state races on Tuesday night as Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring won the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general races.

Governor-elect Ralph Northam held his first press conference following the election Wednesday morning in Richmond.

When Ralph Northam becomes governor, there are now enough Democrats that Virginians could see an expansion of Medicaid and health benefits when the General Assembly reconvenes. It's something Governor Terry McAuliffe has been pushing for years but was blocked by state Republicans.

Gun control was also a big topic some Democrats were very vocal during the campaign, so there's a better chance some gun-related proposals could get passed.

All of the major races were called in less than 3 hours of polls closing on Tuesday night.

At this time, it is still unclear whether Republicans will retain power in the House, or if Democrats have won enough seats to take over. Democrats won several seats in the Northern Virginia districts, including Democrat Danica Roem defeating Del. Bob Marshall.

And even if Republicans squeak out enough wins in the House, some analysts say it's not clear if Republican lawmakers might rethink making Kirk Cox the next Speaker of the House.

Even though Cox won last night, House Republicans were also expected to easily win this election cycle. It's a shakeup, even the best political experts didn't see coming.


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