Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) walks onstage to celebrate his election in Fairfax on Nov. 7. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Regarding the Nov. 8 front-page article "Victory for Northam in Va.":

That sound that you heard Tuesday was the voice of the people of Virginia rejecting the politics of hate and division. It was a resounding slap in the face of intolerance and authoritarianism. It was the sound of people waking from a year-long nightmare and deciding that enough was enough. Man it felt good!

Gerald Trabucco, Springfield

This is the way it's supposed to be. Two gentlemen running for governor in a contentious battle. One gentleman wins; one loses. The loser graciously concedes victory to the winner, wishes him well and pledges his support. No demands for recounts, no claims of a rigged election, illegal votes or fake news, no calls for an investigation of voter fraud. Nor did the winner level outrageous claims concerning the size of his victory or the comportment of the loser.

This is our democratic system at its best. Both the winner and the loser are to be congratulated. Let us hope this provides a model for elections elsewhere in the country.

William P. Winter, Silver Spring

For the first time, I voted without a party. I voted for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam and for Republican attorney general nominee John Adams because they ran campaigns of good repute. Unbeknownst to the demagogues, that is important.

Our commonwealth is crowned with culture and art, understanding, rich history and a future of progress, the promise of restored dignity for those whom it has wrongly shunned and scholarship for all who pursue it. We are old and young, wealthy and poor, rooted and transient, tattooed and pearl-laden, cat lovers and dog lovers, foodies and fitness gurus, nature lovers and graffitiers. We are Republicans, Democrats, gay, straight, liberals, conservatives, Jews, Muslims, Christians, agnostics. We are not to be decided for or branded by politicians of any party.

Virginians do not vote based on the comments of politicians. We vote for walking our dogs in the park by the river or hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, for good schools and safe streets, for washing our faces in the salt of the ocean's swell. We vote for our farmers and fishers, our artists and immigrants, our doctors and our teachers and our children to have the resources they need to be the best that they can be, because we know Virginia best, because we are Virginia.

Anne Taylor Rawls, Richmond