Virginia Republican leaders nominated political newcomer Glenn Youngkin for governor, betting on the former private-equity executive, who embraced elements of former President Donald Trump’s policy agenda, to turn around the party’s fortunes in a state that has moved sharply toward the Democrats.
Instead of holding an open primary, the GOP in Virginia picked its nominee at a convention via a ranked-choice voting system, which allowed delegates to list candidates by preference.
The Republican Party of Virginia announced late Monday that Mr. Youngkin had prevailed.
“Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond,” Mr. Youngkin said, adding that he had spoken to all of his GOP challengers.
“Every Republican should be proud that our party inspired such a spirited, diverse and talented field of candidates.”
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