November 5th, 2008
12:21 AM ET
14 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. Brigid Forsayeth

    Change hasn't just come to America – It's come to the world and the people of the world rejoice!

    November 5, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  2. Bikll,Ca

    Yes we are celebrating and Obama / Biden made it as we knew all along.

    All free nations will congratulate and welcome Barack Obama to the world scene tomorrow.

    They were even celebrating in australia, great to see that.

    Mc Cain gave a honarable speech inspite running the most dirty campaign in history, but that is over now, finally.

    Sarah Palin can go home now, but she never will have what it takes
    to become a president.

    Real changes will come to america and i'm confident america did the right choice.

    Congratulation Barack Obama.

    November 5, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  3. Peter in Canada

    Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and all Americans !!!

    November 5, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. Jose Francisco

    I am stunned, exited, and proud. Defiantly positive. We have been grossly mislead and misinformed by the marketing hype of a wallstreet vultures [and parasites].

    By a simple but clear majority, tens of millions, have torn at these malevolent and fatalistic urban myths.

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

    I don't follow politics closely. I can hardly remember everyone's name. I don't look at skin, I can't remember who belongs to which party, and I couldn't care less about religion. So forget the skin colors and the political parties and the religions for two seconds here (I know it's hard, but bare with me) and think about it. Today America voted for an inspiring man and a good president. Not because he's the first African American president, not because he's a Democrat, not because he does or doesn't go to church on Sundays, but because, when you just look at the man, he's a good choice.

    Think about it. Embrace it. Good job, America, we're on our way.

    November 5, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. aint that great

    Welcome to the United Socialist States of America! Maybe Obama can start his little 'redistribution of wealth' campaign by taking all of Oprah's money and spreading it around to the rest of us... of course, that would mean that she wouldnt be able to buy the election for him in 2012. Of course, by then, I'm sure that Americans will realize that they have made a huge mistake electing this president. Even though Bush 43 was a huge disaster, his blunders will seem like nothing compared to the damage that Obama will do to this country.

    November 5, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  7. NOVA

    No Hillary = No Obama,

    Mentioning Sarah Palin in the same breath as Hillary Clinton is much more degrading than anything you could possibly conjure with 100% of your brain. Please, get a grip, stand together, and help us turn this country around with a great leader at the helm!!

    Yes We Did! In now BLUE Virginia!!

    November 5, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. Crispus

    For the 1st time in 500 years has person of color will run a world power. This is a great day for humanity and America. We can believe that all Americans have value.

    Obama 08

    November 5, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  9. RA

    'NH=NO', the time is past for dividing ourselves whether it be over Hillary or McCain. Now is the time to come together as Americans, to heal our wounds, and to start repairing the damage that Bush has done (is still doing for that matter).

    Hillary is an exemplary public servant and well-qualified to be President. Had she won the nomination, I would have supported her... but she lost. It's as simple as that and it's time to move on. (Palin shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath with her. They share nothing in common except being female.)

    'Voted McCain', thank you for your message. It has been a difficult campaign and tempers have been on-edge for a long time now. But your wisdom is something we all need to share now. Yesterday, we were opponents. Today, we are all just Americans who share a common future. Let's all work together to make it a good one.

    November 5, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  10. Claudia

    Welcome, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    from 2009 – 2016

    November 5, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  11. Sue

    Bush's legacy? Hmmmm... I do believe the last 4 years also had a Democrat Congress that had as much decision in what went on in this country as Bush did. In fact, Congress has had a big say on if we are at War or not with Iraz. Funny how people forget how our government system works in this country. So, I guess we'll see how things will go with a majority Democrat Congress and Democrat President and what the next election will bring in another 4 years.

    November 5, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  12. HouseDiva

    i had no idea that this would happen in my lifetime....maybe my childrens'
    but not mine.

    tonight we showed the world that we wanted change.


    November 5, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Harry, IL

    Sometimes defeat hurts but American people have not recognized sacrifices that John McCain has made for this country. He is a real hero and maverick but instead American p[people elected today a person who is inexperienced who is linked with radical elements. We are going at least 5-10 years backward now as American people are not smart enough to judge who is good and who is bad for our country. It is a sad day for America.

    November 5, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. RealVirginian

    "I'm not a Virginian, but an American" - Patrick Henry
    And so we are!

    November 5, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  15. Susanne NM

    Tonight the country spoke loud and clear and they want change Now it is time to come together and work to get this country's problems fixed.

    Like President elect Obama said we are not red states or blue states – we are the United States of America.

    November 5, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  16. SLNNVA

    So excited to be an American in VA, and one that made a difference tonight. So glad that I had a hand in making this great man the President of the USA. I am so excited about the possibilities and the true growth that Americans have gained in this historic event.

    November 5, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. Steve

    So proud tonight as a Virginian to be celebrating in a blue state and to acknowledge our 44th president, Barack Obama! We did it!

    November 5, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. John Hurd

    As a 62 year old black man I thought I would never see this day come. White America has finally stepped up to the plate and hit a home run that will be heard throughout the world. Will this election of the first black american began to bring this country together? I think that it will. This young black man is a very special person and has the ability to bring not only americans together but, to unite the world in one common cause. That one common cause being to save mankind from self destruction. So tonite I salute America for having the vision to see that this country needed to stop the bleeding and began to heal. May God bless this new president and guide him to make the right decisions and put American back to being the leader of the free world.

    November 5, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  19. Kish from Britain


    November 5, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |

    The last time I was this happy was when Ronald Reagan won in 1980. Both Obama and McCain were Reagan admirers. Job well done, Obama. I've been with you ever since you announced your run for the presidency, and now it's come to fruition. A great day indeed for American politics!

    November 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  21. Tina wisconsin

    The landscape of this whole country has changed. I do understand yes that Virginia changed from red 2 blue since 1964, but we as a country have taken a huge step in moving forward beyond color. Some people have get over the fact that their party lost and we ALL now have 2 work together 2 get OUR country back on track. Hopefully president-elect obama will do what he has promised (within his powers) 2 get us going in the right direction. And as he said in his speech we may not get there in one term but we can do it if we ALL work together. Congrats obama and biden. You had my vote

    November 5, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  22. High school valedictorian


    November 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  23. Greg Hodges

    This is a new day for America. As a Canadian, I have always been frustrated at how the southern states seemed to be stuck in some sort of twilight zone of bigotry and intolerance. Virginia has given me real hope that in the 21st Century; that reality has finally begun to crumble. WELL DONE!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  24. High school valedictorian





    November 5, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. Bill

    Tonight our country made history, now let's put our differences aside and work together to fix this mess. And NH=NO, you are the type of person who cost McCain the election. America is known for it's spirit to persevere, and never give up. To welcome all people with an open mind, without prejudice or hate. Your comments represent a way of thinking which has been left behind.

    "Voted McCain" has the right idea...good comment...working together we can achieve anything. United we stand, divided we fall.

    November 5, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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