The least surprising result of the night is now official: Democrat Mark Warner has defeated Jim Gilmore in Virginia, claiming the seat of retiring Republican Senator John Warner. Mark Warner, a mega-popular former governor who was ready to run for president this year until Barack Obama unexpectedly showed interest in the race during the fall of 2006, led by close to 30 points for virtually the entire campaign.
Democrats still need to pick up eight more Senate seats tonight to reach the coveted 60-seat mark. None (except for New Mexico, where Tom Udall is all but certain to trounce Republican Steve Pearce for a G.O.P.-held seat) should be as easy for them as Virginia just was.
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