McDonnell elected Virginia's 71st Governor

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Saying he's honored and humbled, Bob McDonnell becomes Virginia's 71st governor, leading a Republican sweep of the statewide races, and restoring the GOP to power in the Commonwealth.

Bob McDonnell's victory is a landslide. The race for Virginia governor was called within an hour of the polls closing.

The crowd at the Richmond Marriott has thinned out quite a bit as the McDonnell victory party comes to a close tonight. McDonnell told supporters he and his running mates will lead Virginia better than they found it.

"Tonight, you've given me the title of Governor of Virginia," McDonnell said in his speech.

Governor elect Bob McDonnell took the stage late Tuesday night. In his victory speech, McDonnell thanked his supporters and campaign staff.

The win tonight is exactly what McDonnell had predicted in the final days of his campaign.

He says eight months ago he applied for the job and thanked supporters for hiring him.

Key Republicans say this victory is a clear sign that voters are fed up with President Barack Obama and governor Tim Kaine's agenda and want change.

Congressman Eric Cantor says Republicans are going to pick up on this momentum for next year's election.

McDonnell says he's ready to get to work.

"My promise to you as governor is the same as my promise to you as candidate for governor. And that is to strengthen the Free Enterprise system, to create more jobs and opportunity, so that every Virginian can use their God-given talents to pursue the American dream in liberty here in this great Commonwealth."

He will remain in Richmond tonight, he's planning to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

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