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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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Big governor wins in Va., N.J.

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.

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