VIRGINIA, November 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernational race tonight.
The abortion lobby, especially Planned Parenthood, backed Northam, Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor. Northam's victory comes alongside the commonwealth's election of the first-ever transgender state legislator.
Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion vendor. It commits over 300,000 abortions annually.
Gillespie was the more pro-life candidate of the two. He campaigned on a platform opposing abortion with support for rape and incest exceptions.
In August, the Washington Post reported that Gillespie’s spokesman, Dave Abrams, “said Gillespie would support legislation to cut state payments to Planned Parenthood, though he noted that the candidate believes individual donors should feel free to give their money to the organization.”
Virginia has become increasingly “purple” rather than red in the past decade. Obama won Virginia in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton won it in 2016. Virginia’s current governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, is strongly pro-abortion.
Republicans had a majority in the state legislature until tonight. The results are still coming in, but polls show Republicans are down in 15 districts as of 8:25 p.m. EST.
From 1977 to 2009, Virginia always elected as its governor a candidate from the party that had lost the presidential election the year before. This changed in 2013, when McAuliffe beat pro-life Ken Cuccinelli. Planned Parenthood poured money into electing McAuliffe.
Gillespie was a counselor to President George W. Bush and is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 and lost to incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat.
Northam beat pro-life, pro-marriage Bishop E. W. Jackson for that seat in 2013. Northam is a former state senator. He was elected as a Democrat in 2007.
Since then, he has gone farther and farther to the left, particularly on issues like abortion.
NARAL also endorsed Northam, who strongly supports abortion on demand and same-sex “marriage.” Planned Parenthood spent several million dollars backing Northam.
Northam called the relationship between an abortionist and a woman “sacred” and has opposed holding abortion facilities to basic health and safety standards.
Two of Northam’s ads featured a professional abortion activist as a “regular” voter. One of these ads lamented how Gillespie wants the “government in charge of women’s personal decisions.” It didn’t mention that these “decisions” involve the killing of a tiny human being.
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Gillespie and Republican John Adams for Attorney General. It reached over 171,000 voters and warned them about the Democrats’ pro-abortion records.
“Ralph Northam and Mark Herring are extremists who support taxpayer-funded abortion on-demand through the moment of birth,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “That’s why America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, promised to spend three million dollars to get them elected.”
One of the lowest points in Northam’s campaign was when the Latino Victory Fund released an anti-Gillespie campaign ad. It showed a man driving pickup truck with a Gillespie sticker and “don’t tread on me” license plate flying a Confederate flag. The man was chasing terrified minority children with his car.
The ad comparing Gillespie supporters to “racists who wanna murder children,” as Tucker Carlson put it, was pulled after the terrorist attack in Manhattan. A radical Islamic terrorist killed eight people by running them down with his truck.
Carlson called the Latino Victory Fund video “the single most disgusting, unfair thing I’ve ever seen” and “self-evidently disgusting.”