"Much will be written in the days to come about what this election says about the political landscape in Virginia. In the final analysis, I think this election merely confirms what we have known for some time – Virginians are no longer persuaded by political labels. They are looking for leaders who can work together to find solutions to the challenges we face here at home and around the world.
In addition, it is clear to me that this election was influenced in large part by conditions on the national level, as opposed to issues specific to the Commonwealth of Virginia. I continue to believe that most Virginians share our common sense, conservative values, and they will continue to vote for leaders who have records of standing strong for these values and effectively relating them to the everyday issues impacting our families.
Now that the 2008 elections are behind us, the 2009 elections will begin. I look forward to working with my running mate - Attorney General Bob McDonnell, to rebuild our Republican Party and communicate our positive, ideas oriented agenda to the people of Virginia. If we do this successfully, I am confident that will win in 2009.
We may have suffered a few defeats this year, but rest assured, better days lie ahead. If we remain committed to our conservative principles and values, and if we get back to being the party of issues and ideas, I remain confident that we will win future elections. I look forward to working with each of you in that effort."
William T. Bolling
Commonwealth of Virginia