November 5th, 2008
12:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Change of landscape in VA

NEW YORK (CNN) - Democrats are poised for big wins in Virginia.

With Sen. Barack Obama projected to win the state's 13 electoral votes - the first Democrat to do so since 1964 - the party also claimed the state's open Senate seat and flipped at least one Republican-held seat in the House of Representatives.

Former Democratic Gov. Mark Warner won the Senate seat being vacated by veteran Republican John Warner, and Democrat Gerald Connolly beat Republican Keith Fimian to win a House seat from the state's 11th congressional district. That northern Virginia district supported President Bush in 2004.
Meanwhile, Democrats hope to add to their wins by defeating GOP Rep. Thelma Drake in District 2, another district that backed Bush four years ago. But currently the race, between Drake and Democratic challenger Glenn Nye, is too close to call.

Democrats also hope to snatch victory from Republican Congressman Virgil Goode Jr. in District 5. Goode and Democratic challenger Tom Periello were running neck-and-neck early Wednesday.
Goode caused a controversy last year when he wrote that "many more Muslims" would be elected to Congress unless the U.S. enforces tighter control on immigration. He made the remarks after Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, decided to use the Quran for his swearing-in.


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  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is George Bush's legacy and his karmic debt which he owed to all those killed in a war of indulgence. George Bush has created Obama the Transformer. And now this country needs to change it's sexist ways. THe mistreatment and degradation of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin should make this country, CNN and the rest of the media ashamed of itself. How can you celebrate and hail the victory of one person while so denigrating another? This too will have a karmic price tag.

    November 5, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  2. Karen

    Even though I did not vote McCain, Well done-your speech was excellent!!-Enjoy your retirement years-they go by so fast!!

    November 5, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. TXBad1

    Yet again CNN calls the election Before all results are in and Electoral college does not even meet till Dec 16th, If McCain wins the Popular Vote I for see a few Law Suits against CNN

    November 5, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  4. janie

    GOD BLESS US EVERYONE !!!

    History has been made.

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA !!!

    YOU ROCK !!!

    November 5, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Virginia 4 Obama

    Yahoooooooooooo!!! VIRGINIA had finally become Democratic state!!! OBAMA WON!! OUR NEW PRESIDENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE!! BYE BYE BUSH!! BYE BYE MCCAIN!!

    November 5, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  6. dave

    Shut up Roland, if this had been the "white guy" that won you would have left the stage before 9pm. And no one cares about his speech or what Martin Luther said or thought. You people "blacks" continue to try to find the easy way out of everything and recieve as many hand outs as possible always hiding behind race, so you think this is your meal ticket for the next four years.

    And as far as him wanting to be my President – forget it. I don't need or want you to represent me. But, it will be fun to watch this train wrech come down the tracks.

    November 5, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. adg

    This is a Great day for the United States of America!!!!!!! YAH!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. John

    Republicans gear up. We were out campaigned this election. 2 years and 4 years from now when we are still in an economic crisis because of increased taxation and wealth spreading the tide will turn, the momentum will swing. There is no unity in taking one man's hard earned money and giving it to another. There is no unity in increasing company taxes so that they have to lay off workers.

    Everybody forgets it has been as Democratic House and Senate for the past 2 years that have done nothing. They are just as responsible as the President.

    Now with Democratic majority furthered in Congress and and Liberal president we will continue to struggle through these economic times. Start gearing up for 2010 and 2012.

    November 5, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  9. Larkins

    Yes we can to Yes we did. Let nobody on Earth say that America cannot not correct itself nor deny that Obama is the 44th President.

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. J J

    Trickle up poverty here we come.

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  11. Joan, Minnesota

    Hillary's reputation preceded her & Sarah Palin never earned any respect to start with. When you're on the ticket, you have to EARN your place & prove your abilities. She made her first mistake when she winked during her first speech and continued to make mistakes the rest of the way through.
    As for the naysayers who think the country is heading for trouble, why not give change a chance? Only in Politics/Washington has change been held at bay. The rest of the Country has had to deal with it on a regular basis.

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  12. Canada for Obama/Biden 08

    OBAMA'12 =D!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. YES!

    Sorry that you feel that way NH=NO, however, this train is leaving with or without you. We didn't need the Hillary voters like you and we did this and made this happen regardless of your bitterness and people like you.

    The fact that you would even put Hillary Clinton in the same sentence as Sarah Palin shows what's wrong with you already. Hillary Clinton was a phenomenal candidate, but she lost....get over it. Sarah Palin was a hack who never had any business here in the first place. She knew absolutely nothing about Government or anything else. You can be mad all you want, but tonight, the majority of us are celebrating and we have have enough joy to go around even for you. We said we were going to do it, and we did!

    YES WE DID!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    November 5, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  14. Fred D

    Hopefully this will turn the economy around and my little website in the process http://www.1800marryme.com

    November 5, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  15. CAROLE

    HILLARY GET OVER IT. BEING A FEMALE DOES NOT MAKE YOU SUPERIOR..I MEAN WHITE WOMAN.

    I THOUGHT JOHN MCCAIN WAS THE NICE AND GRACIOUS PERSON HE IS KNOWN TO BE.

    I HOPE PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SENATOR MCCAIN WILL WORK TOGETHER...THEY ARE BOTH GOOD PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE 'MEN'.

    November 5, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. SD,Michigan

    I cried like a fool, my hubby must've thought i was deranged a lil....but this comes once in a lifetime!
    Still keping the Kleenex close

    November 5, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  17. railaobama

    landslide victory,i love it lol

    November 5, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Voted McCain

    The time is now, and McCain has said it is so.

    I voted for McCain. Not because I'm racist, not because I'm conservative, only because I believed he was right.

    America spoke tonight, they did not side with me. They chose a black man, with a funny name. They chose a man they felt was intelligent, that spoke to them and inspired them.

    If he inspired enough to out vote me, then I say:

    I serve you President Obama...because we ARE the US of A!

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  19. NB

    No Hillary=No Obama

    Go get some rest. Enough with the hatred.

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. Patrick

    Thats enough No Hillary = No Obama, the elections are over America has clearly spoken to whom they want to lead our nation. Whether your a McCain/Palin supporter or an Obama/Biden supporter its time to unite and fix the damages that is done to our country. Its time to stand UNITED and its definitely time for a CHANGE.

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  21. justobserve

    Agree that McCain's speech was gracious. After so much attacks, at least he showed some sense. Good retirement, McCain.

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. Lucy

    I was more stressed out in watching the Virginia returns than I was watching the national returns. What a great day to be a Virginian! It makes me proud, I love this state.

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  23. CLINTON

    THIS WAS IMMINENT, OBAMA DIT IT

    November 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Kristy

    Sarah Palin degraded herself. Get real.

    November 5, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. CAROLE

    I AM WRITING CNN ABOUT THE MODERATOR BEING VERY PREJUDICED AND BIAS LIKE CAMPBELL BROWN!

    POST THAT.

    November 5, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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