Reactions to McDonnell's landslide win
Reactions from various corners of the nation were starting to come after 8 p.m. after Republican Bob McDonnell defeated Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race:
Here's a sampling:
Terry McAuliffe, who lost to Deeds in the Democratic primary:
"The voters have spoken, and I'd like to congratulate the next Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Bob McDonnell. Creigh Deeds is an outstanding public servant, and I want to thank him for his continued commitment to improving the lives of all Virginians. He ran a hard-fought campaign and I was honored to support him."
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association:
"Bob McDonnell proves that when Republicans campaign on solutions to the challenges on voters' minds, we win. His focus on ideas and pocketbook issues will serve as a model for Republicans running next year."
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D)
"Eight years ago, we changed the tone of politics here in Virginia, and showed how much you can accomplish when you work together and focus on producing results. Virginia, like many states, continues to face fiscal challenges. Yet, Bob McDonnell will become the governor of a commonwealth that has repeatedly been designated as the best managed state and the best state for business. I look forward to working with him on those joint efforts that will continue to move Virginia forward."
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R):
"The pressure was on the Democrats this year to hold onto Virginia, but Americans are wary of their massive lurch to the left," Pawlenty said. "Bob McDonnell proved that a positive, idea-based, message works, and that voters in a swing state will follow someone who pledges to keep taxes low and keep the free enterprise system intact."
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D):
"I also want to applaud the campaign run by my friend Senator Creigh Deeds, who has always had the best interest of the Commonwealth at heart. Building on a public career that has spanned two decades, Creigh offered a strong vision for education, economic growth and fairness for the working people. He will continue to be an important leader in the Senate of Virginia. I am very familiar with long and divisive campaigns. I am confident that, with the close of campaign season tonight, we can put partisanship aside and work collectively to further the best interests of Virginia and our people."
Nathan Daschle, Democratic Governors Association executive director:
"With the worst recession since the Great Depression and history favoring the other side, we knew this race would be difficult. Deeds ran a strong campaign, despite all the headwinds he faced. Sen. Deeds is a bipartisan leader whose work has helped countless Virginians get a better education and created economic opportunity in every corner of the state. Unfortunately, he couldn't overcome the major obstacles to victory. I know that Creigh's outstanding commitment to Virginia doesn't end tonight, and we wish him well in his future public service endeavors."
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