In some Nov. 9 editions, an article about Timothy M. Kaine's victory in the Virginia gubernatorial election incorrectly referred to former governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. as a Democrat. Holton, Kaine's father-in-law, is a Republican.
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Democrat Kaine Wins in Virginia
Kaine's victory seemed to confirm the sentiments of Virginians, the majority of whom had consistently said they were happy with the direction of the state under Warner. Kaine's effort to link himself with Warner, whose popularity has soared in his final year, appeared to work.
Warner's victory four years ago propelled him to the national stage for winning in a conservative state. He is now considering a 2008 bid for the White House.
Kaine also appeared to benefit from a national environment that has become difficult for Republicans in recent months. Bush's popularity is at its lowest levels of his presidency, and the party is struggling with several scandals involving White House and legislative leaders.
Last month, Kilgore declined to attend a speech by Bush in Norfolk, leading some to speculate he wanted to distance himself from the president. But on Monday night, Bush flew into Richmond for a dramatic, election-eve rally with thousands of supporters. In the end, it was not enough, observers said.
"Voters always use midterm elections to send a message to Washington," said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.).
There was a steady stream of voters from diverse backgrounds at Herndon Elementary School about 11:45 a.m. Taxes, immigration and negative campaigning shaped their views, along with this summer's decision by the Town Council to fund a center for day laborers.
Graham and Renee Inge took the day off and brought their 8-year-old daughter, Sarah, along as they cast their ballots for Kilgore. They said they were both against the day-laborers' center, and so was Kilgore. Funding a center is "kind of like, 'Sure, be illegal,' " said Graham Inge, 32, who manages a furniture store.
Voters arrived at the Seldens Landing precinct in fast-growing Loudoun at a steady pace through the morning.
"I usually go for the person, not the party, and I didn't like the way Kilgore ran his campaign. It was too negative, had too many lies," said Etta Harris, 66, of the Leisure World retirement community.
Kilgore promoted a cap on homeowners' taxes, merit pay for teachers, educational tax credits for parents who buy school supplies and local referendums to raise money for transportation projects.
But some longtime political observers complained that neither campaign honestly addressed the big issues facing the state.
"There are serious ills that have been overlooked," said Michael Carlin, a former chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. "What are we going to do to dramatically improve our transportation infrastructure?"