Va gives Democrats Obama, Kaine narrow victories

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 5:06 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia gave her 13 electoral votes for a second time to President Barack Obama, and fellow Democrat Tim Kaine also defeated George Allen in a night of narrow losses for resurgent Republicans who fell just short.

The results further cement Virginia's newfound position as a swing state, but by the time Obama's 81,707-vote statewide victory — a 2.2 percent margin — became clear, Obama had won Ohio and his re-election was assured.

Overall, turnout for the presidential race was down 2.6 percent from 2008. That's largely because Obama received almost 135,000 fewer votes than four years ago, when he won by a 6.3 percent margin.

Despite a passionate and determined Republican effort in Virginia, Romney surpassed 2008 GOP nominee John McCain by only 18,236 votes, or 1.1 percent.

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