Kaine coasts to reelection in Virginia

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (D-Va.) coasted into his second term in the Senate on Tuesday, beating controversial Republican challenger Corey Stewart.

Kaine, who has deep roots in Virginia from years of holding public office, had far surpassed Stewart in fundraising in the race, which the Cook Political Report had rated a “solid” Democratic one. 

"THANK YOU, VIRGINIA!" Kaine tweeted shortly after his victory was called. "We have to keep Virginia moving forward and put our country back on the right track. That starts now!" 

Stewart, the head of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, garnered controversy last year during his bid for the GOP nomination for governor when he pledged to protect Confederate monuments and remove undocumented immigrants residing in the state.

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In a race that saw Republican strategists worried that Stewart's controversial profile could stymie GOP voter turnout, Kaine's swift victory could bode well for Democrats as polls close across the nation.

Kaine was Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report What are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? MORE's running mate during the 2016 presidential election. He also served as mayor of Richmond, as well as lieutenant governor and governor in Virginia.