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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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. JO-ANN

    @No hillary=No obama..

    It;s over now...you have a new president...what you are dwelling in is the past....look towards the future and let go of your negativity!!! You never know, Obama might be the best thing that happenned to our country....Don't knock it if you haven't given it a chance...

    November 5, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  2. virginiaconservative

    These times are a-changing...though if the Republican Party returns to its conservative base, I would suspect that both 2009 and 2010 will be successful years for the GOP in the Old Dominion.

    November 5, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. adam

    i was hoping this would turn, just made it even better when projections came in.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Rob indetroit

    Today with the exception of my son being born is the greatest day of mylife.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Thank you Virginia, you made a great choice! Obama will be a great leader. He is a man of integrity, a man of God, a man of values and true American ideals. We will reep many benefits because of the decision we al made tonight.

    November 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Wil B

    TO Voted McCain.... Thank you. Your respectful words are well accepted and I feel I speak for all Obama supporters. We welcome your support to work together as citizens of this great nation, to rebuild the nation as a beacon of light for the rest of the world.

    As an Obama Supporter I extend well wishes to Senator McCain for a hard fought contest and the gracious words he spoke upon defeat.

    May the country begin healing and coming together as one.

    November 5, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Jan

    CNN this needs no moderation

    Congrats, to eveyone who voted to Obama . And Peace & Love to everyone else. Change IS needed. Already the world's markets are responding positvely.

    America as helped me.God Bless EVERYONE......

    November 5, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    The only good PUMA is a dead PUMA

    November 5, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  9. Anne

    What a historic night. Thank you, State of Virginia for siding with change as opposed to more of the same. Oh, and for Sarah Palin, don't let the door slam your Prada suit on the way back to Alaska. Go take care of your teen daughter who is only a couple of months away from giving birth. She needs you infinately more than the people of America do.

    November 5, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. J-Bird

    Red to Blue baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  11. Sweet Daddy

    Yadda-dabba-doo

    Go Bama and Biden

    November 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. Omega

    I cannot believe that there is anyone out there that would actually compare Hillary to Sarah!!! Get a grip on reality! Hillary knows a great deal about many things and is an intelligent human, Sarah knows a great deal about shooting things and not much intelligent shows (except for the thousands she talked the RNC into spending on her clothes)!!!!

    YAY OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!! WE WIN WE WIN!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. GREG

    BE STILL MY HEART!

    Michelle,
    I recommend pastel lavender drapes with a fine muted floral pattern, 62" x 108" for the Lincoln Bedroom...

    Now that the ship has come into port, and the lines are cleated, we can begin our journey to make a thousand dreams, positive healthy dreams of vision, a reality. Welcome all, as we are all in this together. I will gaze at the moon for a moment and toast our beautiful family. If you gaze at the moon too, our spirits can meet there to smile at the road ahead.

    LOVE to all, and to all a GOOD night.

    Pleasant Dreams & All Good Things,
    Greg

    -joyous happy tears-

    November 5, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. AJ

    NH = NO and all you other haters out there,

    Get a life and go home. Obama won and deal with it. I am proud to be an American and proud to have Obama as my president.

    HATERS, GO TO HELL!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  15. Dixie Jensen

    I AM SO GLAD THAT OBAMA WON AND THIS COUNTRY HAS A CHANCE TO TURN AROUND. I AM NOT SAD McCAIN LOST OR THAT SARAH DID NOT GET CLOSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE. SARAH NEEDS TO GO HOME TO ALASKA AND FACE ALL THE INQUIRIES THAT SHE IS INVOLVED IN CONDUCTING. THEY WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF HER AND HER HUSBANDS SHENANIGANS.

    November 5, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. Monica Ponzi

    This is a victory of the wold.President of United States of America Barack Obama,is the change for better,the consolidation of democracy, he is a exemple to be follow.Congratulations!!!
    Monica Ponzi
    Brazil,Rio de Janeiro,RJ

    November 5, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. Landon

    WOW....Some of you have been led astray! Obama....Well you voted America...BAD CHOICE! Bush will go down in history as a much better President then Barack Hussein Obama! Ya maybe he made a lot of mistakes, but fought terrorist! Obama will site down with them and have a chat and maybe a cup of tea! Maybe he will invite them to the white house or just pretend that we can all get along... YES WE CAN....lol

    November 5, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. Dave

    Did anyone hear Gov. Palin congratulate Pres-elect Obama yet?
    Did she offer her best wishes to his family following the death of his grandmother?
    Does she have anything nice to say to her opponents at all?
    I'm sure she is just homesick and looking forward to getting back to looking at Russia from atop the bridge to Nowhere (wink wink)

    November 5, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. Virginia in Virginia

    i talk lot about this at my article at maximumlight.blogspot.com, but i am so proud to be a Virginian tonight. I know many conservative Republicans throughout the state who voted for Obama because McCain never denounced the dreadful comments of Northern Virginia not being "real" made by his brother and members of his campaign. When I talked to my beloved Republican family members, I would say "Well, I know you support McCain, but you know he doesn't consider you to be a real Virginian, right?" Those who hadn't heard that were shocked, and I will gladly take credit for helping transition many wonderful Republicans into Independents who vote Democrat!

    November 5, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD LAUGH HERE IT IS: LIEBERMAN IS IN DEEP DO DO WITH THE DEMOCRATS NOT BECAUSE OF HIS CHOICE AS AN INDEPENDANT WHO HOLDS A SEAT WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND SUPPORTED JOHN MCCAIN BUT DUE TO HIS OUT SPOKEN NEGATIVE SPEECH ABOUT OBAMA WHILE CAMPAIGNING FOR MCCAIN. HARRY REID HAS SUMMONED LIEBERMAN TO MEET WITH HIM TO GIVE HIM HIS PLIGHT AND WHATEVER THEY CHOSE TO DO WITH LIEBERMAN HE BOUGHT IT ON HIMSELF. LIEBERMAN WILL PROBABLY BE THE BEGINNING OF WHAT IS CALLED "HOUSE CLEANING".

    November 5, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  21. Sweet Daddy

    You had one vote...ao who sis you vote for?

    Go Bama and Biden

    November 5, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. Dorothy in Virginia

    I have never been so proud to be an American as I am tonight. Whether you supported Obama or not, you cannot deny that it is an historic event that Americans were ready to elect a black person president if they agreed with his positions–in the past this would not have been so.

    November 5, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  23. joe the voter

    now it will be time to see the real Obama that you biased media help elect

    November 5, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  24. Sweet Daddy

    Sorry ...you had one vote so who did you vote for?

    November 5, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  25. Blue

    Northern VA and Charlottesville broke the records for voter turn out this year. The demographics has shifted in the state, especially in Northern Virginia. If you are unhappy with 13 electoral votes going to Obama, move down south! This is no longer a red state – all thanks to the campaign for change! Good bye dubbya, DC never wanted you here in the first place!

    November 5, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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