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Political Newcomer Youngkin Wins GOP Nomination for Virginia Governor


Political newcomer Glenn Youngkin has emerged as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races.  Virginia Public Radio's Michael Pope reports.

More than 30,000 delegates cast ballots at a convention Saturday. Ballot counting in the governor's race occurred Monday.  Under the ranked-choice voting system implemented by the party, the votes of the last-place candidate were redistributed based on whom those delegates designated as their second choice. The process was repeated until a candidate gained a majority.  Youngkin is a businessman who campaigned as a conservative, Christian outsider. Hard-right candidate Amanda Chase finished in third.

Bob Leweke is WMRA's News Director and Morning Edition host.