Winsome Sears (above, in red) won office this week with a little more than 50% of the vote. She becomes the first black female statewide officeholder in the 233-year history of the Old Dominion State. It should have been a big deal to the "woke" national media, which lives and breathes by racial issues – but it has essentially ignored her victory.
But that's clearly okay with Sears, who was born in Jamaica – because in her victory speech she said the country she served as a U.S. Marine has moved beyond the racism of the past:
Sears: "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. We can live where we want. We can eat where we want. We own the water fountains. And here I am – living proof."
Bishop E.W. Jackson, founder of Virginia-based S.T.A.N.D., host of The Awakening, and a former GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, counts Sears as a friend – and he says his state could not find a better lieutenant governor, no matter what color.
"She has been a fixture in Virginia politics for years," Jackson tells AFN. "She was a big Trump supporter. She's a Marine Corps veteran. She's a business woman. She is obviously a mother. Just really a solid individual [who's] very articulate, very passionate."
The ministry leader and radio talk-show host says Sears' victory, when taken with the rest of the Democratic bloodbath on Tuesday, signals a possible sea-change in American politics.
"If this continues, I think we can say there is an awakening going on in our country; that people are realizing, 'Okay, the Left [has] simply gone too far. They've gone off the rails and we can't support them.' [And Sears] was there to take advantage of it," he adds.
Sears was a guest on Jackson's radio program on Election Day. During that interview she accused the left-leaning media of using its "big horn" to enflame racial discord among Americans by portraying conservatives as hateful. "It's time to bring sensibility and love for our fellow man and woman back again," she shared, "and I think we're going to see that because people are tired. We can't live like this."
Among those offering online congratulations were evangelical leader Franklin Graham, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Dr. Ben Carson – Donald Trump's secretary of Housing and Urban Development.