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Cantor, McDonnell predict big wins for Republicans

Anita Kumar

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor predicted Republicans would pick up four congressional seats in Virginia on their way to taking control of the U.S. House, which likely would make him House majority leader.

"We are cautiously optimistic it will be a great night for Virginia Republicans,'' Cantor said just after voting at the Rivers Edge Elementary School in Henrico County Tuesday morning. "We are going to be an early indicator of how big the win is going to be. That will speak to a very big night for us."

He predicts wins for Keith Fimian, challenging Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in the 11th District; state Sen. Robert Hurt, running against U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D) in the 5th District; House of Delegates Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, who is challenging Rep. Rick Boucher (D) in the 9th District; and Scott Rigell, who is running against Rep. Glenn Nye in the 2nd District.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, who joined Cantor to vote, said Republicans are favored to win tight races this year because of sheer enthusiasm.

"Any race that's within the margin of error on election night, the Republican should win. The enthusiasm gap, unlike two years ago which was clearly on the side of the president and the Democrats, is swinging our way,'' he said. "Enthusiasm for the Republicans and the very good ground game that we've got this year will swing some of these races two, three, four points from the final poll to what the results are."

McDonnell also estimated that Republicans would win six to eight governorships this year.

"What you're going to see today at virtually every level -- the House, the Senate and at the governor's races -- is really a repudiation of the aggressive left of center governing style of this congress and president and a return to a focus on jobs, spending and keeping government within its means,'' McDonnell said.

Cantor predicted the GOP would take the House, but would not say how many seats he thinks the party would take.

"People are frustrated. They're out of work. They want to see Washington finally start to listen to them again,'' he said. "They want to see jobs created again. They want to see an economy moving from stall to forward and we're looking forward to a hopefully a good day where we can provide that lead in Washington."

By Anita Kumar  | November 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Anita Kumar, Election 2010, Eric Cantor, Robert F. McDonnell  
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