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8:45 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Virginia Eastern Shore Official Wins Statewide Office

Lt. Gov. Elect Ralph Northam
Credit campaign photo

The Eastern Shore of Virginia has one of its own who will become the next Lieutenant Governor of the state.

Democrat Ralph Northam easly defeated his Republican rival E.W. Jackson in Tuesday’s election.

Northam is a Norfolk pediatric neurologist and the first Eastern Shore native to be elected to statewide office since before the Civil War.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the last was Governor Henry Wise who was elected of office in 1855.

Northam took Accomack County with more than 55 percent of the vote.

In neighboring Northampton County Northam received 70 percent of the vote.

In 2011 he was elected to his second term to the state Senate announcing his decision to run for lieutenant governor during an Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast in December 2012.