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Polls have closed

Now we wait for results to come in. But here's one thing we already know: Virginia mattered this year.

Sen. Barack Obama's decision to make a play for Virginia's 13 electoral votes meant that Sen. John McCain had to fight for votes in what had once been considered a reliably Republican state.

Democratic presidential candidates used to say "why bother?" campaigning in Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said at the Obama rally in Manassas last night. Republican presidential nominees said "we don't need to."

Well that won't work anymore.

This election year we got to relish in our new swing state status. Regardless of the outcome, we'll retain that.

Here's what else is at stake in down ballot races:

A U.S. Senate race that pit two former governors against each other - Democrat Mark R. Warner and Republican James S. Gilmore III.

In Virginia's 11 Congressional races, Democrats hope to narrow the Republicans' 8-3 advantage in the House.

Tonight we'll finally find out whether Virginia will hold onto its Old Dominion moniker or give way to what former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder has dubbed the New Dominion.

By Kristen Mack  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Kristen Mack  
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