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Ayala wins Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor

Delegate Hala Ayala has won the Democratic primary for Virginia Lt. Governor.
Delegate Hala Ayala has won the Democratic primary for Virginia Lt. Governor.(WDBJ7)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:36 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Del. Hala Ayala has won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Ayala represents parts of Prince William County in the legislature and launched her political career in 2017 in response to the election of Donald Trump. Ayala was the favorite of the Democratic establishment and was endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam.

She defeated Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul, who had been the preferred candidate of the party’s progressive wing. She will face Republican Winsome Sears in November.

In the other statewide down-ballot race, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring defeated state Del. Jay Jones. Democrats and Republicans are also choosing nominees for some House of Delegates seats and local races.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker:

“Throughout her time in the General Assembly, Hala Ayala has fought hard for historic legislation to help Virginia families. Hala has been a proven advocate for progress, and played a key role in expanding Medicaid, ratifying the ERA, raising the minimum wage, and much more. After flipping her district from red to blue in 2017, Hala knows what it takes to win against far-right Republicans. With the first Afro-Latina to be nominated for lieutenant governor on our ticket, I know Virginia Democrats will do whatever it takes to help Hala Ayala make history in November.

Our party saw an unprecedented number of talented, qualified candidates running for lieutenant governor this year. Every candidate brought new ideas and experiences to the race, and I’m looking forward to seeing them all work to keep Virginia blue this year.”

In contrast, Virginia Republicans have nominated Winsome Sears, Amanda Chase’s top choice for lieutenant governor who earned endorsements from extremists like Bob Good and E.W. Jackson. Sears ran as the most far-right candidate for the Republican nomination, earning top marks from the NRA.

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