November 4th, 2008 | Uncategorized

Surprising victory for Yale alum in Virginia

By Victor Zapana

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 10:47 p.m. — In Virginia, a Yalie congressional hopeful has won the largest upset in recent state history.

With 97.4% of districts reporting, Tom Perriello ’96 LAW’01 has beat six-term Republican incumbent Virgil Goode Jr. for House Representative of the 5th Congressional District, 50.1-49.8. The humanities major won in an astonishing upset; only three months ago, polls had Goode beating Perriello by two-to-one.

Perriello, with the help of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, broke records for fundraising in the area.

As of 10:43 p.m., Fox News declared that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won Virginia.