Decision Virginia: Blue state turns into a Red state

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email 
Posted by Phil Riggan – email
Associated Press contributed to this report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Blue state turns into a red state -- the Republican Party is winning big all over Virginia.

Some incumbents won easily, including Eric Cantor in the 7th District for the House of Representatives.

"We will repeal the trillion-dollar health care bill that threatens to bankrupt this Commonwealth and this country," said Cantor. "The result must be to return America to the land of opportunity, responsibility, and success...thank you all very very much!"

Cantor said this morning that when the republicans got "fired" by voters in 2006 and 2008 - they learned something. Among those lessons: not to spend taxpayer money that they don't have. He will likely be the House Majority Leader now that the GOP has won control, which would make Cantor the second most powerful House member.

Republican challengers have unseated three Democratic House members in Virginia in a conservative whiplash election. Tuesday's GOP triumphs repudiated a Democratic rout just two years ago paced by President Barack Obama's historic victory.

And in a race regarded as a clear referendum on President Obama and the Democratic Congress, state Sen. Robert Hurt had about 51% of the vote to Perriello's 47%.

With 91% of the votes counted, Republican Morgan Griffith, the Virginia House majority leader, had 52% of the vote to 46% for Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher, who was first elected in 1982.

In the Hampton Roads 2nd District, wealthy Republican car dealer Scott Rigell had 53% of the vote to 43% for freshman Rep. Glenn Nye, a moderate Democrat.

In other results, voters approved proposed Virginia constitutional amendments granting property tax breaks to the elderly and disabled veterans.

The fate of a third that would determine how much cash the state could save for a rainy day was not immediately clear.

The General Assembly endorsed all three earlier this year, but voters must approve the changes before lawmakers could take the next step and pass legislation to make them permanent.

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