The violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville this summer and President Donald Trump's response loomed in the minds of many Virginia voters during Tuesday's elections in which Democrats made significant gains.
A political organization that spent months focused on black voter outreach says it surveyed minority voters and most said they saw their vote as a way to push back against white supremacy. Some voters interviewed by The Associated Press said the same thing.
Democrats swept all three statewide races Tuesday, with Ralph Northam defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race by nearly 9 points. They also have a shot at retaking control of the House of Delegates after picking up at least 15 seats. Three races that will determine control of the chamber remain too close to call.