Reprinted from The Virginia Pilot – The Associated Press – Jun 13, 2017 –

Richmond – Both parties had a three-way primary for lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial position that’s often a stepping stone to higher office.

Attorney Justin Fairfax sealed it in the Democratic primary, and State Sen. Jill Vogel won the Republican nomination.

Lieutenant governor is a part-time, largely ceremonial job that involves presiding over the state Senate and breaking tied votes. It’s often a stepping stone to higher office.

Fairfax of Northern Virginia beat Gene Rossi, a retired federal prosecutor, and Susan Platt, a longtime political operative and former lobbyist. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Fairfax pulled in nearly 57 percent of the vote to Platt’s nearly 31 percent and Rossi’s 12 percent.

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