(Steve Helber/Associated Press) - State Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Accomack, right, reacts to actions by the committee chairman during a meeting of the Senate Health Education and Welfare committee at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in Richmond, Va. The committee killed Northam's bill that would have made ultrasounds prior to abortions optional. State Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, looks on at left.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson for Virginia's lieutenant governor, in a race sharply defined by social issues.
Northam easily beat Jackson on Tuesday following a campaign that centered on Northam's defense of abortion rights and Jackson's Christian-based anti-abortion platform. Jackson also opposes gay marriage, while Northam supports it.
The winner succeeds Republican Bill Bolling. A Democrat hasn't occupied the office since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was lieutenant governor in 2006.
The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and casts a ballot on tie votes.
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