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McDonnell to speak at 9:30

Republican Robert F. McDonnell will give his first speech as governor-elect at 9:30 p.m., staffers say.

Right now, McDonnell is in his suite with family, friends and campaign advisers, said Crystal Cameron, a McDonnell spokeswoman. A Regent University official also says religious broadcaster Pat Robertson paid McDonnell a visit but the campaign has not confirmed it.

After his speech, McDonnell will not take questions from reporters but the ballroom where his party is being held will be open until midnight.

At about 9 p.m., the concession speech by McDonnell's Democratic opponent, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), flashed on two giant screens near the center podium. A chorus of boos could be heard until Deeds said, "This chapter is over." Then, as color commentators say, the crowd went wild.

By Derek Kravitz  |  November 3, 2009; 8:54 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Tonight the GOP gets to party. However, tomorrow's reality will hit like a hangover when the campaign promises meet the reality of a severe statewide deficit. Governor McDonnell et. al. promised no new taxes and the GOP will be in total control of Virginia. So, watching them attempt to balance the budget by taking an axe to expenditures should be interesting, just as it was during the Gilmore administration. Did the GOPers also promise, "No new fees"? I don't think so. Cigarettes at $.30 per pack, tied with Kentucky as the lowest tax in the nation, will still be sacrosanct of course. Well then, what new fees will be imposed and which fees will rise?

Posted by: TheTruthSometimesHurts | November 3, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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