In the 22nd Senate District, Tom Garrett comes out on top.
The contest between Garrett and Dodson was one of the few in Central and Southwest Virginia that didn't see a lot of mud slinging and negative ads. That allowed Garrett to focus on celebrating Tuesday, instead of explaining his campaign strategy.
Supporters learned about Garrett's victory around 8:30 Tuesday night, when a campaign staffer revealed a shirt that read "we win" at Charley's Waterside Grill in Farmville.
Now that he has the senate seat, Garrett says he'll work to unify his large district. It's a massive, fragmented area that includes seven counties between Lynchburg and Richmond.
"I want to listen to everybody," Garrett said. "Everyone has something to bring to the discourse and we're going to do our best to represent not just one county, city, or town, but the 22nd district.
Garrett says he will open offices throughout the newly drawn 22nd district, but he plans to keep his home in Lousia County where he lives and works with his wife and children.
As a state senator, Garrett says he'll focus on cutting government spending.