November 3, 2009
It was a blue crowd at the Creigh Deeds headquarters at the Westin in Richmond on election night, both politically and emotionally. Much to the disappointment of those in attendance, Deeds lost his bid to be the next governor of Virginia to Republican Bob McDonnell..
In his concession speech, Deeds spoke to his crowd of supporters Tuesday night, letting them know, this defeat does not mean it’s the end of the road.
”We loose 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, and we're gonna give them that voice,” Deeds said.
The voices could be heard. Supporters continued to rally behind Deeds chanting “Deeds, Not words.”Deeds made sure to take time to thank his family and Governor Tim Kaine for his support throughout the campaign.
“The role he's played here cannot go underestimated, and we have to be eternally proud of the job he's done in the toughest economy since the 1930's,” Deeds said.
The state Senator tried to stay positive at the end of his speech, by looking toward the future. “This chapter is closed, but the next chapter is yet to be written.”
So what does this mean, for that next chapter? For Deeds, it's back to his seat on the Virginia state Senate where democrats still have a majority.
For governor Kaine, the win for McDonnell is a big blow to his role as the Democratic National Committee Chairman. For a governor whose approval numbers have been falling recently, Kaine has to ask himself if the results are partially a referendum on him.
Lastly, for the Democratic Party as a whole, which is coming off eight years in the Governor’s Mansion, the result is a possible reevaluation on their platform moving forward.