"We put him over the top!"

After Virginia goes blue for the first time since LBJ, Commonwealth Democrats take joyful credit for Obama's national victory.

Published November 5, 2008 4:17AM (EST)

A few minutes ago, after the Associated Press called the presidential race for Barack Obama, about a dozen Virginia Democrats -- including Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. Jim Webb, Sen.-elect Mark Warner, Gerry Connolly, the congressman-elect in Northern Virginia's 11th District -- got up on the stage and started dancing to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." Virginia had gone for Obama. Next to me, J. Walter Tejada, chairman of the Arlington County Board, started singing "Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole."

Then, a few minutes after 11 p.m., a choked-up sounding Gov. Kaine announced Obama had won. Fifteen minutes earlier everyone had been sitting on the floor. With Kaine's announcement, everyone stood up to take credit for the win. I heard people saying, "We put him over the top!" CNN and AP's projection of victory for Obama followed closely upon their call of Virginia for Obama, the first time in 44 years that a Democrat had won the Old Dominion.

By Angela Valdez

Angela Valdez is a reporter at The Stranger.

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