Justin Fairfax, a Black attorney and co-owner of a dental business in Northern Virginia, won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor for Virginia on June 17.

Justin Fairfax won the Democratic primary for his bid for Virginia Lt. Governor. (Courtesy photo)

Fairfax garnered 49.14 percent of the Democratic tally with Susan Platt as his closest challenger who had 39.14 percent. He will face Republican State Sen. Jill Vogel in the Nov. 7 general election.

Unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections show that Fairfax got 252,319 votes in his contest while Vogel got 151,951 in the GOP contest. An electoral map of the contest by the June 14 edition of the New York Times shows that Fairfax carried Alexandria, Richmond and its suburbs, the state’s Eastern Shore, most of the Tidewater area that includes Hampton, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Roanoke, and the eastern portion of southern Virginia on the North Carolina border.

If elected in November, Fairfax will be the second Black man to become lieutenant governor in Virginia’s history, with L. Douglas Wilder as the first. Wilder was elected in 1985. In addition, Fairfax would be the only Black Democratic lieutenant governor in the country.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic Party nomination for governor and will face Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who eked out a victory over Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart.