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Tim Kaine defeats George Allen for U.S. Senate in Virginia

  |   Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:10 AM
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RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama took Virginia's 13 electoral votes in his Electoral College defeat of Mitt Romney, CNN reported early Wednesday.

Obama had captured 50 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Mitt Romney with 89 percent of the votes counted.

Meanwhile, Democrat Tim Kaine beat Republican George Allen to capture Virginia's open seat in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. network reported.

CNN said the race between the two former Virginia governors was the costliest contest in the country when outside and candidate spending was combined.

Incumbents, eight of them Republicans, won re-election Tuesday in Virginia's 11 congressional districts, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor captured 57 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Democrat Wayne Powell with 90 percent of the 7th District's precincts reporting.

In District 1, Rep. Rob Wittman won 56 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Democrat Adam Cook and 3 percent for Gail Parker, Independent/Green, with 78 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 2, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell won 56 percent to 44 percent for Democrat Paul Hirschbiel with 41 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 3, Democrat Bobby Scott won 80 percent of the vote to 20 percent for Republican Dean Longo with 77 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 4, Randy Forbes captured 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Democrat Ella Ward with 82 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 5, Robert Hunt won 55 percent to 43 percent for Democrat John Douglass and 2 percent of Independent/Green party candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt.

In District 6, Bob Goodlatte had 67 percent of the vote to 33 percent for Democrat Andy Schmookler with 87 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 7, Cantor won 57 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Powell with 90 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 8, Democrat Jim Moran won with 62 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Republican Patrick Murray, 3 percent for Independent/Green candidate Janet Murphy and 2 percent for Independent Jason Howell with 56 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 9, Morgan Griffith won 62 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Democrat Anthony Flaccavento with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 10, Republican Frank Wolf won 59 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Democrat Kristin Cabral and 3 percent for Independent Kevin Chisholm with 76 percent of precincts reporting.

In District 11, Gerry Connolly won 57 percent of the vote; Republican Chris Perkins, 39 percent with 31 percent of precincts reporting. Independents Mark Gibson and Christopher DeCarlo, Green candidate Joe Galdo and Independent/Green candidate Peter Marchetti each had won 1 percent of the vote in the district.

Virginia voters also approved an amendment limiting when private property could be taken for public use under eminent domain by a margin of 76 percent to 24 percent with 76 percent of precincts reporting.

Voters also approved 82 percent-18 percent an amendment allowing the Legislature to delay the start of its veto session by up to one week.

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