Virginia Republicans had plenty to celebrate at a party in Falls Church.
They arrived slowly soon after the polls closed, but by 8 pm the hall at the Fairview Park Marriott was full of supporters cheering the news that Republican Bob McDonnell was the projected winner of the governors race.
Some here consider the sweep for Republicans a referendum on the Obama presidency. "We've turned back Obama. That's what it means. We've turned back Obama," says Tony Debeniditis.
Scott Ward, the president of the Republican state leadership committee, says things will be different in Virginia moving forward.
"As much as Democrats want to spin what's going on here, I think the folks in Washington need to take notice that the people in Virginia are tired of the overreach and the 'government knows what's best' mentality coming out of D.C.," said Ward.
Elliott Francis reports...
Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli will face former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia's 72nd governor.