The Associated Press called the race in Virginia for the United States Senate seat at 7:01 p.m. Mark Warner defended his seat and will be in Congress for at least six more years.

Democrats across Virginia immediatley responded congratulating Warner.

“This election was a referendum on Mark Warner’s leadership in the U.S. Senate – and Virginians responded with resounding approval. During a difficult time in the U.S. Senate, Mark Warner has rolled up his sleeves and tackled the most important issues facing Virginians: from protecting health care coverage for 740,000 Virginians under the Affordable Care Act, to tackling the unique challenges facing the future of our economy, to restoring funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And, Mark has protected all Americans’ security through his thoughtful leadership as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I’ve been honored to know Mark Warner for nearly 30 years. When I was a Virginia Young Democrat and he was Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Mark Warner kick-started the turnaround that has led to so much progress over the past 20 years. Virginians are lucky to have Mark Warner serving as our Senior Senator for another 6 years.”

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