Truly historic wins in states that have long opted for Republican presidents helped seal Democrat Barack Obama's victory Tuesday night.
After early projected Obama wins in Ohio and Pennsylvania deflated John McCain's chances of winning the White House, Obama won the race for president with support from voters in battlegrounds like Virginia -- a state that has not gone to a Democrat since 1964.
"We're not about red and blue, we're not about black and white, we're all concerned about the future and want to move together to change our direction," David Axelrod, chief strategist for the Obama campaign, told ABC News early Tuesday night as the results began to pour in.
Close battleground races played out early Wednesday morning, with races in Indiana, North Carolina and Missouri still too close to project.
Still, of 15 other key battlegrounds, Obama won Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada earlier and surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. McCain won the battlegrounds of North Dakota, Georgia, West Virginia and Montana but it was not enough to secure the presidency.
"No Democratic candidate has ever had a ground organization like Barack Obama," ABC News' George Stephanopoulos said Tuesday night.
One by one Tuesday night, red states turned blue. But of those states, his win in Virginia was hugely significant.
Virginia's 13 electoral votes have gone to the Republican presidential candidate in every single election since 1964. But recent political choices in Virginia turned out to be a harbinger for Obama's win: In 2006, Democrat Jim Webb took down incumbent Republican Sen. George Allen in a hard-fought race that tipped the balance of power in the Senate to Democrats.
"I feel like we got a righteous wind at our backs here," Obama said last week in Leesburg, Va.
Virginia voters braved rainy weather and heavy turnout to cast their ballots Tuesday. It was a state in which preliminary exit polls revealed that 49 percent of voters were personally contacted by an Obama campaign worker, versus 37 percent contacted by the McCain campaign.
Voters in the Northern Virginia suburbs helped propel Obama to victory. In Fairfax County, Obama won 58-40 over McCain, in Loudoun County he won 52-46, and in Prince William County, he won 55-43. It was indeed thought that an influx of Demcrat voters into the areas just outside Washington, D.C. would be responsible for a shifting demographic.
Exit polls showed that Obama secured votes from working class Virginia voters, 62 percent of whom voted in his favor. Exit polls also showed that 27 percent of voters in Virginia said the race was at least a minor factor in determining their vote. Among those who said race was a factor, 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama while whites supported McCain 61-38 percent.
Early Obama wins projected in Ohio and Pennsylvania signaled that it would be difficult mathematically for the McCain campaign to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.