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)

    Today, hope defeated fear. Today, intelligence defeated stupidity. Today, education defeated ignorance. Today unity defeated hatred. TODAY, AMERICA WAS RE-BORN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE. CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

    November 5, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  2. josh peyon

    OBAMA '08

    November 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. I'm a Female

    No Hillary = No Obama

    The election is over. Seantor Obama has won the highest office of this nation.... President of the United States of America. Senator McCain gain a very gracious speech and ask this country to unite behind President Obama. So lets try to do that. Our country is in the worse situtation ever. We need Democrats and Republicans working together to regain outr stature in the world and to fix out ailing ecomony. But I do have to disagree with you about Governor Palin She brought a lot of the media bashing on her self by accepting a nomination that she clearly knew she wasn't qualifed for and all that winking. She never presented herself when she finally gave interviews that she knew what she was talking about. She just wasn't the one to be 2nd in command.

    November 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  4. sandee in Portland

    After reading all the posts on the ticker, I am so appalled by the ungraciousness of those who still spew hate and lies. They can only be bitter, uneducated people. Thank God, however, for those republicans that have come around even though their candidate did not win and now say they will support our new President elect. For those who are still spewing the hate, lies and division the republican campaign touted, I can only say....only in America can you voice your dissatisfaction and not be punished in some way. I love my country, and am pround to support our new President elect.

    November 5, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  5. rusty

    How blessed we all are to have witnessed this moment in American History. The road will not be easy, but I have all the confidence in the world that the right man was hired for the job. Despite all the long lines at the polls, America spoke in a very loud and powerful voice tonight, and the whole world watched in awe. This great Democracy woke up and strutted its stuff. Barack and Joe, congrats, and godspeed.

    November 5, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  6. Jared

    Well, congratulations! I wish you guys were smart enough to notice that it was the inaction of the Democrat controlled congress that's put us in this financial situation. So, yeah, good idea voting even MORE Dems into office. Im so mad that 51% of Americans are so stupid. Pat yourselves on the back and continue swallowing the crap the Dems feed you.

    November 5, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  7. AL+

    To all you obama haters, it's.....PRESIDENT you.

    November 5, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |

    Say it with me now, L-A-N-D-S-L-I-D-E!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  9. Betty, Virginia

    I am so proud of my state tonight! (and NC too!) YES WE DID!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  10. paula nelson-adesokan

    Why can't our new president rest and relax just for one day!!!
    Congrats to the Obama and Biden family. The country needs change!!

    November 5, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  11. Jackie



    November 5, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  12. Rahim, Egypt

    I congratulate all my dear Americans on this historic day. A whole nation stood up and showed the world what America is really about. Today, you should all be proud of being Americans.

    November 5, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  13. Abraham

    I saw the electoral map and all the red-neck/farming-states voted republican.

    Thank God for American youth who voted this time the red-necks were denied of being king makers.

    American Youth , American Industralized States & American Trades people , thumbs up to you. Thanks to you America has turned a new page. Proud of you

    November 5, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  14. Mr. Britt

    hey Abraham, why dont you come down here to these "red-neck" states and see what we have for you!!

    November 5, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  15. Mr. Britt

    everybody is saying "ohhh what a great day!!" you folks have no idea whats in store for us. Better learn ARABIC!!!

    November 5, 2008 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
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