Virginians elected Democrat Tim Kaine to be their new governor, choosing him over over Republican Jerry Kilgore. Kaine will succeed popular Democratic Gov. Mark Warner. The election, which polls predicted to be extremely close, was decided by a 51 percent to 46 percent margin. Independent candidate Russell Potts captured 2 percent of the vote.
But partisan results were mixed beyond Kaine's victory. Republican state Sen. Bill Bolling edged out former Democratic congresswoman Leslie Byrne to be the state's next lieutenant governor. The race for attorney general remains too close to call, with Republican Bob McDonnell just ahead of Democrat Creigh Deeds, by a 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent margin, according to the State Board of Elections. If the margin of victory remains within 1 percent, Deeds can request a recount. Republicans lost two seats in the House of Delegates but still will control with a 58-39 edge over Democrats; 51 seats were unopposed, 12 seats were open, and 37 incumbents faced challenges.