Democratic Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam was escorted off stage by his security detail after protesters disrupted his victory speech Tuesday night.

Northam was telling a jubilant crowd of supporters that he had "received a gracious call" from his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie when a male protester yelled, "Sanctuary for all," an apparent reference to the serving lieutenant governor's pledge to sign any bill that came to his desk that would ban sanctuary cities.

A group of about four protesters bearing signs with slogans like "Sanctuary for all" were removed from the venue before Northam returned to the microphone.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Northam had secured 53.9 percent of the vote compared to Gillespie's 45 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.