[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/04/art.mcdonnellvictory1104.gi.jpg caption="Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, a Republican, told reporters Wednesday that President Obama called to wish him congratulations after his win Tuesday."]
RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - Virginia's Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell took a congratulatory phone call from President Obama the morning after his landslide victory over Democrat Creigh Deeds, McDonnell told reporters Wednesday.
The call came shortly after 11 a.m. this morning, he said.
"He was exceptionally gracious and kind," McDonnell noted. "We had a couple of laughs. He said that be sure the first thing you do is thank your wife."
"He also told me he thought we ran a very good campaign that it was a good contest, and now that the campaign was over he hoped we would work closely together to govern, especially with Virginia being a neighboring state to the District of Columbia," he said.
The White House said Wednesday that the president called the winners of all of last night's races, including Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie of New Jersey, Democrat Bill Owens of New York's 23rd congressional district, and independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Republican added that he and his campaign manager Phil Cox also chatted with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
McDonnell also joked that he borrowed a page from the president's successful 2008 campaign playbook.
"I commended him and in fact told him that one of the reasons I thought we won is that we hired the text messaging company that he had last year," he said.
McDonnell was referencing Tusk Mobile, a division of Distributive Networks, the mobile marketing firm that helped the Obama campaign target voters in 2008. McDonnell hired Tusk Mobile in the early days of the governor's race, and his advisers believe he is the first Republican to have successfully leveraged an aggressive text messaging strategy in a high-profile campaign.