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Democrats take over GOP Senate seat in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner has breezed to victory in his bid for the Senate, capturing for Democrats a southern seat long held by Republicans and fueling expectations that Democrats would solidify their now-thin leadership grip over the chamber.

  Warner beat another former governor, Republican Jim Gilmore, in the race to replace retiring five-term Sen. John Warner.

  The two Warners are not related.

  The victory came as Democrats, piggybacking on aggressive Barack Obama voter-registration and get-out-the-vote drives in battleground states, reached for a coveted 60-seat, filibuster-proof Senate majority.

  Voters flocked to the polls to fill 35 Senate seats in a year in which both parties said they expected Democratic gains.

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