[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/03/art.voting.1.gi.jpg caption="GOP sweeps top state races in Virginia, CNN projects."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans recaptured the Virginia governor's mansion Tuesday after eight years of Democratic rule, CNN projects.
Former Attorney Gen. Bob McDonnell defeated state Sen. Creigh Deeds to take back the seat currently held by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.
CNN also projects that the GOP will win the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The wins are a much-needed boost for the Republican Party; which suffered dramatic losses, including the White House, in the 2008 elections.