Gun-toting former Marine Winsome Sears defeats Democrat Hala Ayala is to become Virginia’s first female black lieutenant governor

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Republican lieutenant governor candidate Winsome Sears appears to have won the race for the No. 2 spot in Virginia on Tuesday, with almost all votes counted

Sears will be the first woman and the first black woman to take the role in Virginia’s history

The former Marine ran alongside gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, who is also projected to win, on the Republican ticket

In April, Sears vaulted to victory in a crowded primary on the enthusiasm generated by a campaign photo of her posing with a military rifle

Unofficial results showed Sears with 1,591,434 votes, or 51.4 percent, with Democratic candidate Hala Ayala at 1,501,533 or 48.5 percent

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Winsome Sears appears to have won the race for the No. 2 spot in Virginia’s state government, with almost all votes counted. Unofficial results showed Sears, 57, with 1,591,434 votes, or 51.4 percent, with Democratic candidate Hala Ayala, 48, at 1,501,533 or 48.5 percent, CNN reported. However, a handful of precincts have yet to be counted, including nine in Fairfax county and one on Tangier Island, as well as absentee ballots mailed by the Election Day deadline. Those dispatched ballots will be counted by November 5, the state Department of Elections said. Sears will not only make history as the first woman to hold office, but also as the first woman of color. The job of the state’s lieutenant governor is frequently tipped as a launching pad to the governor’s mansion. Half of the past 10 lieutenant governors went on to become governor.

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