HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Democrats endured a series of high profile defeats in today's elections.
Earlier today, the candidates said all the right things. Creigh Deeds told us that he expected to win. But that was before the polls had closed.
Afterward, the numbers prove his campaign never had much of a chance today.
However, that didn't stop a dedicated crowd of Democrats from gathering at the Westin Hotel in Henrico County tonight.
Deeds delivered his concession speech just before 9 p.m. It was brief, but heartfelt.
Deeds congratulated Bob McDonnell, saying the two of them will now be working together.
Deeds, afterall, is still the state senator from Bath County. And that's why he and Governor Tim Kaine said the work goes on.
"We lose an election but we don't give up. We still have fight, we still have spirit, we still have things to say. There's still people that need a voice," Deeds said.
"Well a loss isn't easy, the march of change in this Commonwealth isn't over. It can be slowed, but it can't be deterred by one election setback," Kaine said.
Kaine, taking part in his last election and governor, but his first as chairman of the Democratic National Committee said the Democrats had gotten used to winning, so being on the losing end this year is a challenge.
But he told the crowd that Virginia's transformation from "Reliably Red" to red and blue is a notable achievement.
As for Deeds, he began the day by voting at 6:30 a.m. in Bath County.
He said he'll go to bed, get a good night's sleep. And then wake up tomorrow trying to create opportunity, prosperity, and hope for Virginians.