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Gilmore: McDonnell win is 'reaction' against Obama

Virginia's last Republican governor said Robert F. McDonnell's election victory was a sign that the national political climate is shifting against President Obama.

Shortly after McDonnell gave his acceptance speech, James S. Gilmore III said McDonnell would return Virginia "to the type of government we had eight years ago."

"What you see is a reaction against the president, against President Obama," Gilmore said. "President Obama's policies have been rejected here in Virginia."

Gilmore, who served as Virginia's governor from 1998 to 2002, said the "national environment is very, very critical" to Tuesday's outcome. He said unemployment and government spending drove voters to the GOP ticket.

"The first and only time we swept is when I ran," Gilmore said. "Now we've swept for a second time and I'm really happy about it."

By Derek Kravitz  |  November 3, 2009; 10:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009  
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