Election night was a nail-biter for incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner, who had been expected to coast to victory. His badly outspent Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, defied ALL of the polls leading up to election day—and took the lead throughout the evening until Fairfax County’s vote totals were finally reported. The wave that swept Republicans into the majority in the U.S. Senate nearly engulfed Virginia.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner is claiming victory in his reelection contest, while his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie isn’t conceding.
While Republican challenger Ed Gillespie painted Warner as a rubber stamp for President Obama, Warner is promising voters he’s going to continue working across the aisle, like on the Gang of Six he joined to try to reach a bipartisan budget agreement to avoid sequestration. His campaign promises may now be tested when the new Republican controlled Senate convenes in January. Warner says he’s ready for the task.
What would the nation’s energy policy look like if Republicans capture the Senate this fall? Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia lawmakers and energy analysts to find out the potential impact on the commonwealth.