Reporter: Ashley Singh l Videographer: Brian Vaughan
Chatham, VA - Republican State Senator Robert Hurt has won the Fifth District Congressional race, taking down Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello.
The numbers from the State Board of Elections say Hurt won the race with 50 percent of the vote.
It was a victorious night for Republicans in the Fifth District. Hurt says his win is a message to Washington- that people want change in this country and not the kind of change they got two years ago.
During his victory speech on the courthouse steps in Chatham, Hurt said the hard work has only just begun. His top priorities: cutting spending, balancing the budget and promoting job growth.
"People who understand that its the private sector that creates jobs in this country it is not the government," said Hurt.
His supporters say they're not surprised by the win. They also believe this is a sign of what's to come in two years.
"I believe this sends a very clear signal to President Obama and the Senate for next years races. We're going to do an awesome job. We're going to take back the Senate and we will take back the White House in 2012," said supporter Zach Martin.
"Congressman Perriello was a good man but he was not connecting with the voters here in the fifth district, so it'll be nice to have someone who will actually listen to us now," said supporter James McMahon.
With some parts of the district near 20 percent unemployment, Hurt says there are some policies that need to be changed and a lot of work that needs to be done.
"Those of us who have been given this tremendous responsibility have to set out to make the kind of changes that we've been talking about," said Hurt.
He says he is looking forward to representing everyone in the fifth district, regardless of who they voted for.