Ralph Northam overcame a barrage of attack ads by Republican Ed Gillespie that hit the soft-spoken Democrat on divisive issues such as immigration, gang crime and Confederate statues.
The Russia investigation has cast a shadow over Trump’s nine-month-old presidency and widened the partisan rift between Republicans and Democrats.
Many of Obama’s comments appeared to be thinly veiled swipes at Trump, whose combative style and inflammatory rhetoric have led to frequent controversy and stoked political tensions.
For Trump’s supporters the crisis in the White House is the latest egregious example of mainstream media bias and of Washington insiders desperate to preserve their status.
In her most extensive public comments since the November 8 results, Clinton blamed interference by Russian hackers and FBI director Comey for her defeat
The audience size is expected to challenge the presidential debate record of 80 million who watched the 1980 encounter between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
The head of the Democratic Party resigned on Sunday amid a furor over embarrassing leaked emails.
Putting aside their bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination, Sanders said Clinton would take up the fight to ease economic inequality, make college more affordable and expand healthcare coverage for all Americans.
While he made it clear he was shifting his focus to building a grassroots movement to fight for his liberal policies, Sanders has laid off some staff, stopped campaigning and dropped plans to court unbound delegates in an unspoken acknowledgment the former secretary of state will be the Democratic Party nominee.