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Republican McDonnell Wins Virginia Governor's Race

Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell waves to the crowd at his victory party in Richmond, Va., Tuesday. Unofficial results showed McDonnell, a conservative and former state attorney general, with about 60 percent of the vote over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. He will be the state's first Republican governor in eight years. (Steve Helber/AP)
Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell waves to the crowd at his victory party in Richmond, Va., Tuesday. Unofficial results showed McDonnell, a conservative and former state attorney general, with about 60 percent of the vote over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. He will be the state's first Republican governor in eight years. (Steve Helber/AP)

Republican Bob McDonnell has easily won the Virginia governor's race just a year after the state went overwhelmingly for President Obama and the Democrats.

Unofficial results show the former attorney general defeating Creigh Deeds and returning a Republican to the governor's office for the first time in eight years.

This race and the contest for governor of New Jersey are viewed as the first referendum on the president and the Democratic Congress before the 2010 mid-term elections.

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.

This program aired on November 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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