Winsome Sears makes history as first African American woman in Virginia to win statewide race
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Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears made history Tuesday night when she became the first African American woman in Virginia to win a statewide race.
With 95% of the precincts reporting. Ms. Sears, a former House of Delegates member and a former Marine, won 51.1% of the vote to Democrat Hala S. Ayala's 48.7%.

The last election Ms. Sears won was 20 years ago in her Hamptons Road Assembly District. She previously made history as the first veteran Black Republican woman to serve in the House of Delegates.

She captured the lieutenant governor's post on the GOP ticket led by Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity CEO, who also won the gubernatorial election.

Supporters of Ms. Sears at Mr. Youngkin's campaign election night in Chantilly Tuesday say they were just as excited for Ms. Sears as they were for the rest of the ticket.

"I came here for Winsome Sears, she had our kickoff event in Middletown, Virginia, at the Wayside Inn and very excited for her obviously,"…
Kerry Picket
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