Republican Gun-Loving Former Marine Winsome Sears Elected As Virginia’s First Black & Female Lieutenant Governor

Republicans sweep state races

Winsome Sears, a candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia, is seen at the shooting range in an undated photo posted online by her campaign. © Twitter / @WinsomeSears


Republican Winsome Sears, an immigrant from Jamaica and a former Marine, has won Virginia’s race for lieutenant governor, becoming the first black woman to hold the position as other GOP candidates hold steady leads in the state.

Sears prevailed over Democratic challenger Hala Ayala in the race on Tuesday night, taking just over 51.2% of the vote to Ayala’s 48.8%, according to a tally by a local NBC affiliate.


While a woman of color was slated to take the lieutenant governor position regardless of who won – a first in the state – Sears became the first black woman to be elected to any statewide office in Virginia, making the vote historic in more ways than one.

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