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High Voter Turnout Across the Commonwealth

Posted: 11/05/2008 - Voter turnout was as high as anticipated on Election Day. Officials from Virginia's State Board of Elections estimate that voter turnout was at 75% across the Commonwealth.

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House and Senate Breakdown

Posted: 11/05/2008 - After Elections, the House of Representatives has a Democratic majority. The Democratic Party has also retained power in the Senate.

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Update: Goode and Perriello Race Too Close to Call

Updated: 11/06/2008 - Two days after the election there is still no clear winner in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. Numbers from the Associated Press and the SBE differ on who is in the lead. The AP reports incumbent Virgil Goode (R) is winning by 363 votes, while the Virginia State Board of Elections shows Tom Perriello (D) in the lead by 634 votes, that's as of 3:45 pm Thursday.

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Barack Obama Wins Presidency

Updated: 11/05/2008 - With nearly all polls closed across the country, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States.

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Perriello Hopes to Pull Off Upset Over Incumbent Virgil Goode

Posted: 11/04/2008 - Heading into Election Day, Democratic challenger Tom Perriello was the the underdog going up against the Republican incumbent, Virgil Goode. However, the race in Virginia'5 5th District is now closer than many people ever thought it would be.

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Incumbent Eric Cantor Declared Winner in 7th District

Updated: 11/05/2008 - With 13% of the precincts reporting, Republican Incumbent Eric Cantor has been declared the winner of Virginia's 7th District seat in the United States House of Representatives.

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Survey: Economy Top Concern for US Voters

Posted: 11/04/2008 - An exit poll conducted by the Associated Press says the economy is by far the top issue on voters' minds as Election Day arrives.

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For Campaign Volunteers--All the Hard Work Comes Down to Election Day

Posted: 11/04/2008 - For campaign volunteers all their hard work comes down to Election Day. Many volunteers say they can't believe it's finally here, and they're still busy canvassing, making last minute campaign calls, offering free rides, and babysitting at the polls.

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Former Governors Warner and Gilmore Down to the Wire in Senate Race

Updated: 11/04/2008 - Former Governors Mark Warner and Jim Gilmore are both battling for retiring U.S Senator John Warner's seat. Mark Warner cast his ballot during a stop in Alexandria Tuesday. The popular candidate has been the run-a-way favorite the whole campaign.

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Twice as Many Virginians Are Voting

Posted: 11/04/2008 - Virginians are voting at a record-setting pace. The executive secretary of the State Board of Elections said at a briefing in Richmond that 30 percent to 40 percent of the state's more than 5 million registered voters had cast ballots Tuesday morning.

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McCain Votes in Arizona, Returns to the Campaign Trail

Posted: 11/04/2008 - Republican John McCain showed Election Day optimism by flashing a thumbs-up sign Tuesday after casting his ballot for president at a church near his home. Shortly after voting, McCain flew to a rally in Grand Junction, Colo., and he planned to visit a volunteer site in New Mexico before returning to Phoenix. That's a break from his Election Day tradition of watching a movie before election results begin to come in.

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Obama Votes in Chicago, Campaigns in Indiana

Posted: 11/04/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama made a final-hour push for Republican-leaning Indiana on Tuesday after casting his own ballot in Chicago with his young daughters at his side. "It's going to be tight as a tick here in Indiana," Obama told volunteers in Indianapolis trying to get out the vote for the Democratic ticket with only seven hours to go in the area's balloting. "So the question is who wants it more."

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Turnout High Across the Country, Few Problems Reported

Posted: 11/04/2008 - Long lines and malfunctioning machines greeted voters Tuesday as polls across the country were deluged by people wanting to cast ballots in this historic race between Barack Obama and John McCain. In Virginia, where a Democrat has not won the presidential race since 1964, several counties experienced paper jams and balky touch-screen devices. In Richmond, a precinct opening was delayed because the person who had the keys overslept.

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Update: Source of Phony Election Flier in VA Found

Posted: 11/03/2008 - State elections officials have identified the person responsible for a phony election flier that told Republicans to vote on Tuesday and Democrats to vote a day later. State Board of Elections Secretary Nancy Rodrigues said Monday the flier bearing the Virginia seal and the elections board logo was a joke that got out of control. The flier was distributed early last week across Hampton Roads. State police confirmed it also was distributed by e-mail.

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New Poll Shows Perriello Closing the Gap

Updated: 11/03/2008 - In the Fifth District Congressional race, a new poll by WDBD/SurveyUSA shows Republican Virgil Goode's lead over Democrat Tom Perriello is down to three points. That is within the poll's 4% margin of error.

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McCain Campaign Sues Virgina's Electoral Board

Posted: 11/03/2008 - John McCain's campaign sued Virginia's electoral board Monday, hours before the election, seeking to force the state to count late-arriving overseas military ballots. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order the State Board of Elections to count any overseas absentee ballots sent by November 4 and received by local election officials as late as November 14.

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Campaign Managers and Gov. Kaine Hit the Talk Show Circuit

Updated: 11/02/2008 - With less than 48 hours until Election Day, the candidates are not the only ones making campaign stops. Both Barack Obama and John McCain's campaign managers made appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, and Governor Tim Kaine is weighing in.

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Why Different Polls Show Different Numbers

Updated: 10/31/2008 - It's hard not to see new presidential polls everyday. But why are there large variations? One politics professor from UVa we talked with says there are several factors but it's the trends that are more important than the numbers.

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