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Mark Warner, after casting his ballot at Lyles Crouch Schoolin Alexandria, Va. on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

In what has to be the easiest Senate victory in modern memory (with the possible exception of Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh in 1998), former Gov. Mark Warner (D) has claimed the seat of retiring Sen. John Warner (R) in Virginia.

The race was called by the Washington Post moments after the polls closed in Virginia -- a sign that Warner will, as expected cruise to an easy margin of former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R).

While this victory was widely expected, Warner's win makes Democrats +1 in the Senate on the night. The polls have now closed in two others key Senate races -- Georgia and Kentucky -- and we await the results.

If either or both of those seats go for Democrats, their path to 60 becomes far easier.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 7:07 PM ET
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the perfect ending to "Unhappy" Gilmore's political can only hope.

Posted by: mdrockjock | November 4, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

McConnell has to be sweating right about now.

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 4, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

love the hologram! LOL.

Love even more Warner's trouncing of Gilmore, however expected.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 4, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I misreported in The Fix's chat this morning that my wife was an unenthused Franken voter in MN. So unenthused, it turns out, that she also voted for Barkley. Good news for Barkley? Or for Coleman?

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Warning: the Talibama is already operational!

Posted by: segeny | November 4, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Does CNN have any shame? That hologram is the goofiest thing I've ever seen on a news program.

Posted by: mikedow1 | November 4, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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