GOP Wins Va. Governor's Race A Year After Obama Won State

Republican Bob McDonnell has easily won the Virginia governor's race just a year after the state went overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama and the Democrats.

Unofficial results show the former attorney general defeating Creigh Deeds and returning a Republican to the governor's office for the first time in eight years.

This race and the contest for governor of New Jersey are viewed as the first referendum on the president and the Democratic Congress before the 2010 mid-term elections.

A year ago, Obama became the first Democrat in 44 years to carry Virginia in a presidential race.

This time voters expressed angst about major Obama initiatives such as health care, energy and stimulus spending. But McDonnell dominated the campaign's central issues: jobs and the economy.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    Just a sign of things to come.
  • by concerned citizen Location: washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Change IS coming...in the form of the people taking back our country. Obama and his team are on the way out... the people have spoken...we must not stop here, we have to get the congress and the senate back...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    Oh wise guy, seems you said you were conservative? Hmmmm, 8 years of what, suffering? Nope, its over. Look at the polling data, past history of Jimmy Carter and how mid terms effected him. Obama lied to the American people by pretending to be in the middle. Now that we see he is left of the left, he's old news in 2012.
  • by Rico Location: Bell Arthur on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    And so the revolution begins!
  • by jr Location: bath on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:29 AM
    as claudius said 'where is my republic?', in angst. there is hope for this republic yet!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:27 AM
    P.S. There is nothing in the blogs this morning about the voters of Maine rejecting Legislature-passed gay marriage laws. In every case where a (DEM led) legislature has passed the laws a referendum vote by the people has repealed it. What does THAT say? Lord give us strength.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    The spread in VA was greater than pollsters anticipated. The chosen one could not close the gap but widened it. The spin doctors say this was about local issues but we know better. We are fed up with unkept promises, corruption, higher taxes for more entitlement programs, and outright lies. The Dem leadership are the champions of all this. This is not to knock Dems in general, just to wake the average voter out of their trance. The Dems need new and better leadership who are not social elitists willing to ram everything down our throats in the name of "progress".
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 02:35 AM
    YEAH! HA HA obamanation.
  • by McArthur Parks on Nov 3, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    TAKE NOTE, you arrogant self serving career politicians--the real Americans are fed up with your free wheeling spendthrift ways. YOU each are fair game at the polls. No more tolerance for the Boxers, Franks, Pelosis and Reids of the political scene. Do not get smug either, you republicans, you can get a real job too!!! Honor our Constitution and stand for the moral and honest people of this great country!! Imust not leave out the Waters of this group either! NC politicains, we have our eyes on you also. Lead or get out of the way!
  • by need o2 on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    will this make a difference. Hope so, not holding my breath.
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