Democrats in Virginia scored a big win statewide last night, but Alexandria Democrats were also celebrating. Two Republican incumbents on the city council were unseated, while Democratic Mayor Bill Euille held his seat.
Virginians elected Democrat Tim Kaine as its next U.S. Senator, despite former Gov. George Allen leading Kaine for much of election night. In a concession speech, Allen reached across the aisle to try and put the campaign behind them.
Voter turnout in Virginia is expected to be near the levels of the 2008 general election, and the number of early voters in the state thus far has local officials thinking they're on track to beat the records.
The lack of true early voting in Virginia has roots that go back through much of political history. The story is much the same as it is now — one party feels the other stands to gain more by its addition.
Asian-Americans are a rapidly growing demographic in Virginia, and as National Journal's Shane Goldmacher explains, with no traditional allegiance to either party, they are being heavily courted at every level.
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