June 9th, 2009
08:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Deeds wins in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) - Current Virginia Democratic governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine has called Creigh Deeds to congratulate him on his win in tonight's gubernatorial primary.

Deeds defeated Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran by a wide margin.

Kaine's statement:

“Today, we were fortunate to have had three excellent candidates who waged hard-fought campaigns. Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and Brian Moran each made phenomenal efforts in their quest to represent the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, in this race, as in every election, only one person can claim victory. Tonight is Creigh Deeds’ night.

“The election of Senator Deeds tonight as the 2009 Democratic nominee for governor is an incredible victory for Virginia—and its citizens. Senator Deeds’ victory is a clear signal Virginians want to keep our state moving forward, and I am pleased to extend my congratulations to my friend and colleague on this critical accomplishment.

“As Virginia continues to weather the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, we need elected leaders with the savvy and the courage to make the tough decisions to get our economy back on track. With his years of dedicated public service and real-world experience, Creigh is the ideal leader to keep Virginia the Best State for Business, the Best-Managed State, and the Place Where a Child is Most Likely to Succeed in Life. I’ve worked closely with Senator Deeds over the years and I am confident he will do what’s right for our communities and our Commonwealth.

“I know from experience that Virginia is a place where Democrats have won—and will continue to win—because we take a pragmatic, results-oriented approach to politics and governing, instead of an ideological one. We’re known for being problem-solvers and unifiers and we pursue policies that work for Virginia families.

“Creigh Deeds has always been able to bring people together, build consensus, and deliver results. That’s exactly the approach that Virginians have supported over the past eight years, and I have no doubt that Creigh will work in a bipartisan way to keep building on the progress we’ve made.

“In the coming months, Virginians will have the chance to decide who we want to be the chief steward of our resources and the kind of leader we feel will ensure the best opportunities for our families and our future.

“The choice is clear: Creigh Deeds is the best candidate to continue the work begun by my administration — and the Warner administration before ours — while positioning us for future achievements.”

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    I'm a Republican, and the infighting in the democratic party showed some unique factions, such as high-income, well-educated people, who from my experience, voted for McAuliffe. These so-called "Latte Liberals" will be the premier group that the McDonnell Campaign will try to capture. Only if Terry McAulliffe campaigns for Creigh Deeds and on television ads for him, then will a Democrat be in the White House. Virginians like divided government; our state senate is leaning (and trending) democratic, while our house of delegates remains in Republican hands. Republicans Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling are our Attorney General (McDonnell resigned to campaign) and Lieutenant Governor, respectively; Democrat Tim Kaine is our Governor. I supect that with two Democratic senators and a congressional delegation, the Republican candidate will win, despite who runs. McDonnell is a bleeding heart conservative, having served in the army for 4 years and the army reserves for 16.

    June 9, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. CJ

    Thank God, now McAuliffe and Bill can go home.

    June 9, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Sandy Quinn

    Bye, bye, Terry. Yet more evidence that the American people have grown tired of the Clinton Soap Opera and all it's performers.

    June 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Send New York Terry back to Yankeeville and take Bill Clinton with you.

    June 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. ib

    If Deeds is like Kaine & Warner look out Virginia here comes another record tax increase if he is elected in Nov. People we can't stand another record tax increase in Va. we are already being taxed to death in this state; enough is enough.

    June 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Zach K

    Best of Luck to Deeds in the General Election. Virginia has taken a more positive tone with Kaine as Governor, and I hope VA votes for Deeds to continue the light.

    June 9, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. George

    This is good news. We finally have two great candidates running, so it will be an awesome election come November!!

    June 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Greg

    Virginia will stay blue in November!

    June 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |