"Virginia will be more hotly contested than ever", said Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington.
Mr. Perriello became the latest Bern victim, notching another loss for the senator from Vermont who electrified Democratic voters previous year but who has struggled to turn his movement into a winning electoral campaign. Among the three, Gillespie is considered the frontrunner.
That Stewart came menacingly close to upsetting Gillespie - the consistent favorite in polls and of the GOP donor class - was another shock to Establishment Republicans, some of whom had predicted an effortless Gillespie victory with 50 percent or more of the primary vote.
This morning, I woke up, showered, walked my dog, then drove to the local high school to vote in Virginia's primary election.
The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors consistently trailed in public polls of the race for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor, and former lobbyist Ed Gillespie managed to out-raise him by roughly $4 million.
Republicans Corey Stewart, Frank Wagner and Ed Gillespie will face off on today's ballot.
(AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, celebrate Northam's win in the Democratic Gubernatorial primary, in Crystal City, Va., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
On Tuesday, voters in Virginia will select the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for the governor election in November.
Gillespie barely scraped by, but in sprinting to his right to beat Stewart, he risks doing much worse in Northern Virginia counties than he did in his surprisingly strong 2014 Senate race against Sen.
Although the Democratic contest garnered the most pre-election attention, Gillespie's narrow victory against former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart provided the night's biggest surprise.
In a race that remained close throughout Tuesday evening, Ed Gillespie captured the Republican primary for the Virginia governor's race while Ralph Northam clinched the Democratic spot. That not only gives Republicans a serious advantage in the policy sphere, it also is likely to demoralize Democrats on Election Day - potentially swinging the result.
"One of the things that I liked about his candidacy is that he seemed a bit more like a progressive candidate", said Priest, who voted for Sanders in the last presidential primary.
Stewart supporter Isaac Smith, 21, of Charlottesville, said the outcome was "remarkable" given the fact that Stewart was badly outspent.
"Our nominees will be traveling across the Commonwealth providing a clear alternative to the Northam/Perriello race to the left", the site says.
Gillespie polled below both Democratic challenge unanimously in the May polls, earning only 38 percent compared to Northam's 49 percent, and 37 percent compared to Perriello's 50 percent in the latest WaPo poll.
You all said that someone who supported our president, somebody who supported President Trump ... somebody who was out financed five-to-one ... somebody who was fighting against the establishment could never win!
Gillespie is endorsed by a raft of state and national Republican leaders.
"I see this as the midterm of the midterms", said Felty, who voted for Trump and remains steadfast in his support. "As delegate, I will hold him accountable for his actions". "And so I think it's fair to refer to him as a narcissist, because that's what he is". Felty, a 48-year-old surgical assistant, said a GOP victory in Virginia would wrestle back the "narrative being touted in the mainstream media that the Democrats are gaining traction" under Trump.