GOP sweeps Virginia statewide races

Republicans have apparently won the state's elections for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general

Published November 4, 2009 1:20AM (EST)

It's a very good night for Republicans in Virginia. Their party's candidate, Bob McDonnell, has won the race to be the state's next governor -- he'll be replacing Gov. Tim Kaine, who's also the chair of the Democratic National Committee, but was prevented by law for running for another term -- and there's a sweetener on top of that. The GOP has achieved a clean sweep of the three statewide elections held in Virginia on Tuesday.

Calls have come in for the state's lieutenant governor and attorney general races. In both cases, the Republican ended up the victor: Lt. Gov Bill Bolling was re-elected, and Ken Cucinelli will be the next attorney general. He's replacing fellow Republican Bill Mims, who in turn replaced McDonnell when he resigned to run for governor.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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