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NBC Projects Mark Warner as Apparent Winner in Virginia Senate Race

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner is facing off against Republican Ed Gillespie.

NBC News projects that incumbent Sen. Mark Warner is the apparent winner in the Virginia Senate race.

Warner, the incumbent Democrat and former governor of Virginia, remains popular statewide, but he faced a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and lobbyist.

The race was far closer than expected. Warner had led in public polls in the lead up to the election.

An "apparent winner" means that NBC News has tallied enough votes to indicate that a candidate has won the race, but the results may well depend upon a potential recount or final official tallies