Warner victory party
Here are scenes from Warner's victory party at the Hilton McClean in Tysons Corner. My colleague Sandhya Somashekhar sent this dispatch:
Warner took the stage around 10, three hours after the Washington Post called the election for the former governor and after triumphant speeches by Webb and Kaine. He was greeted with chants of "Warner, Warner" from the crowd. He sought in his remarks to stress bipartisanship and the diverse groups that supported him, from business groups to labor unions, and voters from urban and rural environments.
"Tonight, by a record margin, Virginians said they want their next U.S. senator to focus on results, not rhetoric. Virginians understand at this critical moment for our nation that we're not going to get our country back on track if we continue to look at our problems through the old ideas of red versus blue, left versus right...Tonight this campaign ends about 18 months after it began ... based on the premise that we could actually find common ground. So I am proud to stand before you as your new junior senator."
"My fellow Democrats, we have come a long way in eight years. But tonight's victory wasn't just about Democrats...An awful lot of independents, Republicans supported us as well."
"When I ran for governor, there were an awful lot of folks who took a chance on my campaign, not just here in my home in Northern Virginia but particularly all across rural Virginia...To all those folks in rural Virginia, I didn't forget you as governor, I promise I will not forget you as senator."
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