“I want to give each of you a heart felt thank you for all of your hard work and the many many contributions you made to my victory and the great night we had in Virginia last night. I believe we sent a message that we won’t accept hatred, bigotry and sexual harassment in America. We stood for those who have no voice and we made a loud and strong statement. Last night, I believe America began to heal. … I am forever grateful.”

John Bell, an Air Force veteran, won his seat in Virginia House of Delegates District 87 by 320 votes in 2015, and then resoundingly in 2017 against the well-funded Republican who stood up at the Republican convention to nominate Donald Trump for his state’s delegation.