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“We Republicans are a different party than the GOP of 2006,” he said. “Our years in the minority have chastened and disciplined our party, and tonight’s elections show that the American people say it’s time for our party to stop talking and start listening.”

Others who won easy re-election over nominal opposition were Republican Reps. Robert W. Goodlatte in the 6th Congressional District, J. Randy Forbes in the 4th, Rob Wittman in the 1st, Frank R. Wolf in the 10th.

Democratic Rep. James P. Moran turned aside a little-known Republican in the 8th District, and Democrat Robert C. Scott, the state’s first black member of Congress, easily beat a black conservative Republican challenger in the 3rd District.

In other election results, voters approved proposed Virginia constitutional amendments granting property tax breaks to the elderly and disabled veterans.

The fate of a third that would determine how much cash the state could save for a rainy day was not immediately clear.

The General Assembly endorsed all three earlier this year, but voters must approve the changes before lawmakers could take the next step and pass legislation to make them permanent.