Deeds wins big: Beats McAuliffe, Moran 2-to-1
In the contest to become the Democratic nominee for governor this year, the polls were tight headed into the Tuesday, June 9 primary, but in the end there was no doubt. State Senator Creigh Deeds beat former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe and former Alexandria delegate Brian Moran in overwhelming fashion, taking 50 percent of the vote in the three-way race, to McAuliffe's 26 percent and Moran's 24 percent.
Addressing his victory party at the Omni Hotel, Deeds told supporters that the broad support he received was a sign of a united party, poised to carry the governor's mansion for the third election in a row.
"Whether it was in Abingdon or Arlington, Highland County or Henrico County, or right here in Thomas Jefferson's hometown of Charlottesville," said Deeds. "It was a vote to continue the progress we've made under Democratic governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine."
Deeds was visibly overwhelmed by the result, shaking his head and grinning as he took the stage about an hour after McAuliffe and Moran had called him to concede the election. He even choked up before speaking of his humble roots.
"Only in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and only in the United States of America," said Deeds, "can the son of a mother who still works as a letter carrier in Bath County send her son off to college with four $20 bills and grow up to become the Democratic nominee to become Governor of Virginia."
The win puts him in position for a rematch with former attorney general Bob McDonnell, the Republican who beat Deeds by a slim margin of just 360 votes in the statewide AG contest in 2005. McDonnell stepped down to run for the governorship earlier this year.
Deeds told reporters he's not taking any time off before beginning his campaign for the general election.
"There's a Warren Zevon song called 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,'" Deeds said. "That's what I live by."
–updated at 10:16pm, original headline "It's Creigh says NYT"