November 3, 2009
The Associated Press. Republican Gov-elect Bob McDonnell gestures to the crowd at his victory party in Richmond, Va., on. Tuesday. He will be the state's first Republican governor in eight years.
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Republicans surged to victory in governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, wresting control from Democrats in both states as independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for the GOP. It was a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year.