Obama Wins Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Barack Obama has won Virginia's 13 electoral votes in another battleground state victory in his bid to become the nation's first black president.

The Illinois senator is the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to carry Virginia in a night of resounding losses for Republicans.

Former Gov. Mark Warner routed his Republican predecessor, Jim Gilmore to give Democrats both of the state's Senate seats. Obama visited Virginia at least 11 times since June, outspent Republican John McCain by a 3-to-1 ratio and opened 50 campaign offices statewide to McCain's 24.

It was the first time in generations candidates have contested the seat of the old Confederacy in a White House race.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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