Here is a summary of the election results in Virginia: (View full map)
Obama narrowly carried the Old Dominion by two percentage points in one of the most closely watched battlegrounds of the 2012 campaign. The president’s victory in Virginia four years ago was the first for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, a reflection of the state’s increasing diversity. It was a key battleground this year, and polls put the race at a dead heat for months. Obama beat Romney handily in the three large Northern Virginia suburbs of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. Republican Robert F. McDonnell also won the governorship in 2009 with all three counties, a reflection of the state’s ever-shifting electorate.
Democrat Timothy M. Kaine took one of the most contested Senate seats in the 2012 election, defeating Republican George Allen in the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D). The contest between two former governors was extremely close from the start and was among the country’s most expensive Senate races. The Old Dominion has become more diverse in recent years, split among white-collar suburbs with new immigrants; rural, blue-collar areas; and a heavily military presence. Kaine led the Democratic National Committee under Obama. Allen sought vindication after a defeat by Webb in 2006, when the Republican made national headlines after he was caught on video using a racially charged word, “macaca,” to describe a young man of Indian descent at a campaign rally.
Republicans held their 8-2 dominance in the state’s congressional delegation.
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