Winsome Sears wins Virginia GOP nomination for lieutenant governor

Former Del. Winsome Sears has secured the Virginia Republican nomination for lieutenant governor - and if she's elected, she'd be the first Black woman to win statewide office in the Commonwealth.

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Sears is a former Marine, whose campaign ad shows her holding an assault rifle.

 She has served a single term representing parts of Hampton Roads in the House of Delegates nearly two decades ago but beat five other candidates including two more prominent state legislators. 

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Sears finished ahead of former Del. Tim Hugo. Sears is a former Marine and was the first Black Republican woman to serve in the General Assembly after her election in 2001. 

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Sears joins gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin and attorney general nominee Jason Miyares on the GOP ticket this fall. Democrats will choose their nominees in a primary next month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report