Newly Elected Va. Lt. Gov. Winsome: ‘There Are Some Who Want To Divide Us, And We Must Not Let That Happen’

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Virginia’s newly elected lieutenant governor suggested Democrats want to divide us during her victory speech on Wednesday.

“There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came, she said. “In case you haven’t noticed, I am black. And I have been black all my life, but that’s not what this is about,” Winsome Sears said.

Sears is projected to become the first woman and woman of color lieutenant governor in Virginia’s history after claiming victory over the Democratic candidate Hala Ayala early Wednesday morning, Fox News reported.

When she took the stage to give her victory speech, she was met by chants of, “Winsome! Winsome! Winsome!”

“I’m telling you that what you are looking at is the American dream,” Sears told the crowd. (RELATED: MSNBC Hosts Melted Down As Virginia Numbers Trickled In)

Sears is a marine corps veteran who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica as a child. “When I joined the Marine Corps, I was still a Jamaican. But this country had done so much for me, I was willing, willing, to die for this country,” Sears said.

She also proceeded to lead the crowd in a “USA” chant.

“What we are going to do now is be about the business of the Commonwealth,” she said. “We have things to tend to. We are going to fully fund our historically black colleges and universities. We’re going to have safer neighborhoods, safer communities and our children are going to get a good education.”

Before entering politics, Sears was the director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter and owns an appliance repair store. Sears has also served as the former vice president of the Virginia Board of Education.