Republican Bob McDonnell swept the Virginia governor's race, Tuesday, just a year after President Obama handily took the state for the Democrats.
Unofficial poll results show McDonnell defeating Democrat Creigh Deeds. The win sends a Republican to the governor's office in Virginia for the first time in eight years.
McDonnell thanked Virginia residents Tuesday night from a podium surrounded by family and supporters.
"To my fellow Virginians I say: I am very humbled and honored with the privilege you've given me tonight," he said to a cheering crowd. "And I thank God for his grace and His divine providence in my life. I am ready to go to work to serve you and to help lead Virginia for the next four years."
"I just got tackled by my five kids and my wife, and there are a lot of tears on my cheeks right now," McDonnell told The Associated Press as he learned of his victory.
McDonnell will succeed Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee in January.
It was a GOP sweep in other Virginia races as Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won a re-election bid over Democrat Jody Wagner. Republican Kenneth Cuccinelli also won over Democrat Steve Shannon as attorney general.