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Election 2008: Virginia Turns Blue

There’s no denying it this morning, yesterday was a very good day for Democrat’s in Virginia.

First, Mark Warner won Virginia’s open Senate seat in a cakewalk:

Democrat Mark R. Warner cruised to a decisive victory in the U.S. Senate race against Republican James S. Gilmore III yesterday, giving Virginia two Democratic senators for the first time in almost four decades.

The two former governors spent a year vying to replace retiring Republican Sen. John W. Warner in a race that was overshadowed by the battle for Virginia in the presidential election. The two Warners are unrelated.

Warner, 53, was winning with nearly two-thirds of the vote with almost all precincts reporting. He dominated every region of the state, with about a quarter of self-described Republicans casting a ballot for Warner, exit polls said.

Warner, who left office in 2006 with record-high approval ratings, describes himself as a bipartisan leader who will go to Washington to form a group of “radical centrists” to solve problems.

He pledged to develop a plan to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq, but without a specific timetable, and to boost education in an effort to compete in global markets. He promised to invest in new energy sources, including offshore oil drilling, which he had initially been reluctant to embrace, and to rebuild sagging infrastructure before more disasters, such as the bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Then, Barack Obama became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson to win Virginia in a Presidential Election.

Shortly thereafter, it became clear that Gerry Connolly had defeated Keith Fimian to return the 11th Congressional District to the Democratic fold for the foreseeable future.

Now, this morning, it looks like two more Virginia Republicans are in danger of losing their House seats:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two U.S. House races in Virginia remain undecided post-Election Day, with Republicans Thelma Drake and Virgil Goode locked in tight battles with Democratic challengers.

Democrats gained at least one seat in Virginia’s delegation Tuesday when Gerald Connolly won the seat of retiring Republican incumbent Tom Davis.

Drake, meantime, is running neck-and-neck with Democrat Glenn Nye. He branded the 2nd District incumbent a rubber stamp for the Bush administration.

In Virginia’s 5th District, Goode and Democrat Tom Perriello also are knotted in a close race.

The Washington Post has already indicated Nye as the winner in the 2nd District, and shows Perillo with a slim lead of several hundred votes over Goode.

All in all, not a good day for the Virginia GOP.

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