Sen. Mark Warner has defeated his Republican opponent, Daniel Gade, earning the Democrat a third term in the U.S. Senate.
That’s according to the Associated Press.
Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006.
Unofficial returns from the Virginia Department of Elections at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday showed Warner with 2,045,502 votes (54.11%); Gade with 1,730,804 (45.79%) — 2,565 of 2,585 precincts reporting.
Gade previously taught at West Point and now teaches at American University. He’s a veteran – Army – who lost a leg after being injured in Iraq in 2005.
As of 10:07 p.m., ballots in the Historic Triangle except absentee and mail in ballots have been counted and reported to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Mail-in ballots postmarked Nov. 3 will still be received through Friday at noon, so the final count will not happen until after that, according to the 9 p.m. briefing by the Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper.