GOP's McDonnell Elected Va. Governor

Democrat Deeds loses in landslide as GOP takes top jobs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2009 7:13 PM CST
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds and wife Pam are all smiles after casting their votes today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Republicans wrested political control of Virginia from the Democrats today, with Bob McDonnell scoring a landslide victory over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. Independent voters swung behind the GOP, a troubling sign for President Obama, who had personally campaigned for Deeds.

Early returns showed that by a 2-1 margin McDonnell was winning rapidly growing, far-flung Washington DC suburbs that Republicans historically have won but that Obama prevailed in last fall by winning over swing voters. The Republicans swept the state's top three offices, with Bill Bolling re-elected lieutenant governor and Ken Cuccinelli taking McDonnell's spot as attorney general.