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Nothern Vigrinia Dems Worry McDonnell Win Means Cuts In Funding

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Deeds supporters in Fairfax meet to watch the election results. Some Democrats in Northern Virginia say Bob McDonnell will need to reach across the aisle early if he hopes to solve problems important to this area.
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Deeds supporters in Fairfax meet to watch the election results. Some Democrats in Northern Virginia say Bob McDonnell will need to reach across the aisle early if he hopes to solve problems important to this area.

Some Democrats in Northern Virginia say Bob McDonnell will need to reach across the aisle early if he hopes to solve problems important to this area. Transportation has been a focus of Northern Virginia and some voters say Bob McDonnell's focus on the issue propelled his candidacy.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, a Democrat, fears McDonnell will make Northern Virginia choose between transportation funding and money for education, public safety, and human services. "Those are priorities, as well as transportation," Bulova says. "We cannot sacrifice one for the other."

Congressman Gerry Connolly, who represents part of Northern Virginia, says Democrats will be watching to make sure the new Governor makes good on his campaign promises. Connolly sees an implicit promise to govern as a moderate.

"The Republican candidate got out there -- he moved from the center to the right," Connolly says. "We're going to hold our Republic Governor to that moderate pledge."

Connolly says moderate views on social issues are just as important as moderate economic policies in Northern Virginia.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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