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“For me, I’m going to be doing the same things I did the last two years I did the first two, which is talking about jobs, economic development, government reform, energy, transportation, higher ed, K-12 — that’ll be my focus,” he said.

“Now look,” he said, “I’m a fiscal and a social conservative. I’m pro-life, pro-family, and there will be some things we can do to promote stronger policies in those areas. … I can’t speculate on what might come to the desk, but the focus will be the same things it has been the last two years.”

Still, with full control could come heightened expectations, said former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, a Democrat.

“He’s got more of a burden on him to produce, but he’ll have less time,” Mr. Wilder said. “He’ll only have two years to be called upon to do it. He’s in a position to propose some possibilities if the economy turns around.”

Also on the line is a potential preview of 2012, when Mr. Obama looks to Virginia as a key state for his re-election bid and presumptive nominees for U.S. SenateMr. Kaine and George Allen, a Republican — likely will engage in one of the most closely watched, expensive U.S. Senate races in history.

“That’s what Democrats need to be saying to people,” Mr. Wilder said. “The wrong message being sent now could result in defections next year.”

“There’s going to be a lot for us to sit back and look at,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s going to be interesting.”