Kaine edges Allen to win pricey Va. Senate seat

  • Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Sen.-elect Tim Kaine speaks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 7, 2012, the day after after winning the election. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Sen.-elect Tim Kaine speaks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 7, 2012, the day after after winning the election. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Kaine Campaign Manager Mike Henry watches as Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Kaine Campaign Manager Mike Henry watches as Virginia Senator Elect Tim Kaine (D) speaks at a press conference at Kaine for Virginia's Richmond headquarters the day after after winning the election, Richmond, Va., Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D), right, as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D), right, as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, Tim Kaine (D), right, and his wife Anne Holton, center, as they get word that President Barack Obama wins reelection during Kaine's victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, Tim Kaine (D), right, and his wife Anne Holton, center, as they get word that President Barack Obama wins reelection during Kaine's victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Tim Kaine (D) arrives to a cheering audience at his election night party  at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Tim Kaine (D) arrives to a cheering audience at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), second from left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D) as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), second from left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D) as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Tim Kaine (D) waves to a cheering audience at his election night party  at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Tim Kaine (D) waves to a cheering audience at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Tim Kaine (D) arrives to a cheering audience at his election night party  at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Tim Kaine (D) arrives to a cheering audience at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Jill Ward of Richmond, Va., second from right, Nass Era [cq], second from left, visiting from Morocco, cheers as they watch returns on CNN at the Tim Kaine (D) for U.S. Senate election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Jill Ward of Richmond, Va., second from right, Nass Era [cq], second from left, visiting from Morocco, cheers as they watch returns on CNN at the Tim Kaine (D) for U.S. Senate election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Democratic candidate for Senate Tim Kaine does a walk through to get a look at the room where his election night party will be held at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Democratic candidate for Senate Tim Kaine does a walk through to get a look at the room where his election night party will be held at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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“I’d like to get new blood in there,” Mr. McIntire said, though he added that he knew Mr. Allen had already served as a senator before.

Jim Webb isn’t entirely offensive,” the Arlington resident said, but he noted he was skeptical that a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee could be bipartisan.

Meanwhile, Gayle Griisser, 51, waited a full two hours to cast her vote at the Walter Reed Recreation Center.

Ms. Griisser said she voted for Mr. Obama, Mr. Kaine and incumbent Democratic Rep. James P. Moran.

“‘I’m not sure anyone would have done any better,” Ms. Griisser said in reference to the party’s performance in the past four years.

Paul Brockway, 55, said the two presidential campaigns “made it easy” to vote one way or the other.

The Alexandria business owner said he voted for Mr. Obama because “Romney didn’t give any answers.”

“Obama actually did pretty good despite the fact he didn’t have any help from Republicans,” Mr. Brockway said, adding that for state and local elections, it was important to vote along party lines.
“It’s the party that’s going to get things done,” he said.

• Staff writer Meredith Somers contributed to this report.

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