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    GOP wins Va. gov race a year after Obama won state

    GOP wins Va. gov race a year after Obama won state

    By BOB LEWIS (AP) – 16 minutes ago

    RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Bob McDonnell easily won the Virginia governor's race Tuesday as independent voters who last year delivered the state to President Barack Obama shifted to the GOP, handing the party a convincing sweep of statewide offices.

    Unofficial results showed McDonnell, a conservative and former state attorney general, with nearly two-thirds of the vote over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. He will be the state's first Republican governor in eight years.

    "I just got tackled by my five kids and my wife, and there are a lot of tears on my cheeks right now," McDonnell told The Associated Press.

    The race, along with the contest for governor of New Jersey, was viewed as the first referendum on the president and the Democratic Congress before the 2010 midterm elections.

    "I hope this will kind of send a message to Congress that you better do what we want or we won't re-elect you," said Linda Doland, 60, a nanny in suburban Richmond who voted for McDonnell.

    Ali Ganyuma, 39, a physical therapist in Richmond, hoped his vote for Deeds also would send a message to Washington.

    "The biggest reason why I voted for Creigh Deeds was in the national politics, not local politics, because the right wing might take these as an ultimatum, a verdict on Obama's administration," he said.

    A year ago, Obama became the first Democrat in 44 years to carry Virginia in a presidential race.

    This time voters expressed angst about major Obama initiatives such as health care, energy and stimulus spending. But McDonnell dominated the campaign's central issues: jobs and the economy.

    In Associated Press surveys at polling places statewide, about eight in 10 voters said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy, and the majority of those favored McDonnell.

    McDonnell, 55, never trailed in polls, even though his lead narrowed in September after news reports of a graduate thesis he wrote in 1989 that disparaged working women, gays and unmarried "cohabitators." He dismissed it as a forgotten academic exercise and said raising three daughters had changed his views.

    McDonnell will succeed Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who is barred by state law from seeking a second term. Kaine directed $6 million in DNC money into Virginia for Deeds and other Democratic candidates.

    Deeds, a moderate country lawyer and state senator, never energized the party's liberal activists despite campaigning twice with Obama, who last year powered a political tsunami that swept three of Virginia's 11 U.S. House seats from the GOP. It also put both U.S. Senate seats in Democratic hands for the first time since 1970.

    Republicans were in disarray after the 2008 loss, but took advantage of public unease over major Obama initiatives on health care, energy and stimulus spending legislation.

    Exit polls showed nearly a third of voters in Virginia during the day described themselves as independents and they preferred McDonnell to Deeds by almost a 2-1 margin.

    It was a reversal of a year ago when independents in the pivotal swing state and across the country tilted heavily toward the Democrats, fueling Obama's White House victory.

    In another troubling omen for Democrats, the surveys also showed more supporters of Republican John McCain turned out than those who had voted for Obama a year ago. That suggests Democrats had difficulty getting out their base, including minority and youth voters who swarmed to the president in 2008.

    Voters were split on Obama's job performance. While many said the president was not a factor in their votes for governor, about a quarter said their vote for McDonnell was also a rejection of Obama.

    The exit poll of 2,053 Virginia voters was conducted for AP by Edison Research in a random sample of 40 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, higher for subgroups.

    In other Virginia races, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won re-election over Democrat Jody Wagner, and ticketmate Kenneth Cuccinelli was elected attorney general over Democrat Steve Shannon with about the same share of the vote as McDonnell. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates were up for election, with contested races for 69 seats. ... QD9BODEO80

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    Beware Dem's we are coming after you! Or any politician that does not abide by the Constitution of the United States of America
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    Beware Dem's we are coming after you! Or any politician that does not abide by the Constitution of the United States of America

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    McDonnell Wins Virginia Race for Governor, New Jersey Too Close to Call

    Republican Bob McDonnell won the Virginia governor's race by a wide margin Tuesday, heading up a successful GOP ticket in the swing state which voted for President Obama a year ago.

    McDonnell's victory over Democrat Creigh Deeds ends eight years of Democratic control of the governorship.

    Meanwhile, the New Jersey gubernatorial race between incumbent Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie was too close to call, after polls closed Tuesday night.

    In Virginia, the Republican was favored to win the race and had been leading by double digits in almost every poll. The race hinged in large part on economic concerns -- McDonnell pitched himself to voters as the "jobs governor."

    With 69 percent of precincts reporting, McDonnell had 61 percent and Deeds had 39 percent.

    Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling also won a second term Tuesday, defeating Democrat Jody Wagner. And Republican state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli is the winner of the race for state attorney general, beating Democratic state Del. Steve Shannon.

    Republican Party leaders were quick to claim the victories as a sign that Americans are rebelling against Democratic policies in Washington. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the victories marked a "clear rejection" of "tax and spend policies" in Washington.

    "The Republican Party's overwhelming victory in Virginia is a blow to President Obama and the Democrat Party. It sends a clear signal that voters have had enough of the president's liberal agenda," he said in a statement.

    The White House on Tuesday afternoon dismissed such speculation as "navel gazing," with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying the elections mean very little for the president's agenda or for the midterm elections. But the administration nevertheless intervened in all three of the closely watched elections which were held Tuesday.

    President Obama, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Virginia in decades last year, campaigned for Deeds in Norfolk last week. But with Deeds continuing to trail, Obama shifted his attention to the New Jersey governor's race in the run-up to Election Day.

    Deeds, a state senator, was watching elections returns at the Westin Hotel in Richmond with his wife, Pam, and his four children.

    McDonnell, the former attorney general, is also in Richmond where he was holding a rival party at the Marriott.

    Exit poll data suggests Deeds suffered from a lack of turnout among Obama's 2008 supporters. More voters who came out Tuesday said they voted for Republican John McCain in 2008 than Obama. However, Obama beat McCain by 6 points in Virginia last year.

    The New Jersey race between Corzine and Christie appears to be the closest of the major political battles Tuesday.

    Early returns showed Christie leading. With 4 percent of precincts reporting, Christie had 55 percent and Corzine had 38 percent.

    The White House also intervened in an upstate New York congressional race, where Democrat Bill Owens is facing off Tuesday against Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. The special election is being held to replace John McHugh, a Republican who became Obama's Army secretary. Vice President Biden campaigned for Owens Monday.

    Before the polls even close in New Jersey, Democrats and Republicans there are already bracing for a possible post-election court fight in the airtight race.

    Democratic Party officials say they are fully prepared for any legal possibility should the race be unresolved in the next few days and end up in a recount or other messy scenario.

    Steele said both parties have attorneys girding for battle.

    "Are you kidding? They've been camped out there a week," Steele said.

    New Jersey has no mandatory recount provision, but a request for one must be made within 15 days of an election. ... rsey-race/

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    It was a Sweet win here in VA. A sigh of relief in the hopes that just maybe things are taking a turn for the better.

    Democrats in Washington are playing this down big time!

    The Health Care Bill, Cap and Tax
    Democrats in Congress can look forward to an even stronger message in 2010!
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    Christie wins New Jersey!!!!

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    Hoffman is trailing in New York. Does not look good for him at the moment.

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    Chris Christie wins New Jersey; GOP sweeps governors' races
    By Reid Wilson - 11/03/09 10:09 PM ET

    The GOP went two for two in gubernatorial races on Tuesday.

    Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R) unseated Gov. Jon Corzine (D) in New Jersey, and former Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell (R) won an open seat in Virginia.

    McDonnell had been seen for weeks as the likely winner in Virginia over Democrat Creigh Deeds, but the Christie-Corzine race had been seen as a toss-up. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced he was headed to New Jersey as news organizations began to call the race for the Republican.

    In a third race being watched closely across the country, Democrat Bill Owens held an early lead in the face to win an open House seat in New York.

    The victories by McDonnell and Christie give the GOP hope a year after devastating defeats.

    Republicans have cast the races as a referendum on President Barack Obama's early tenure, arguing that they are the first in a series of comebacks for the party. Others have said it shows voters are willing to give the GOP a second look.

    Exit polls showed just 42 percent of voters considered Obama in casting their votes in Virginia, however. Just under a quarter used their vote to express opposition to the president, while 18 percent said their vote was to support Obama. In Virginia, 20 percent of voters made their picks to oppose Obama, while 19 percent were trying to support him.

    Obama campaigned several times for both Deeds, a state senator in Virginia, and Corzine. He made a stop at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., last week, then held two rallies on Corzine's behalf over the weekend.

    McDonnell ran his own race, eschewing social issues that have long been part of the Republican strategy. Instead, he focused on his plans to bring jobs to the state, as well as a plan to ease transportation woes.

    Deeds, meanwhile, focused on a thesis McDonnell wrote as a graduate student more than two decades ago in which he called working women “detrimental

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    no acorn, no demacrats! simple, the elections came from a more true vote! cant wait for the illinois elections!

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