In 2008, Obama carried Virginia, the first time a Democrat had done so since LBJ. This time he personally came out to campaign for Tom Perriello. Perriello has now gone down to defeat. The VA-9 has gone to the GOP and the Republican leads by 10 points in the VA-2. In my district, a Democratic bastion of late, Rep. Gerry Connolly is trailing narrowly. It is hard to say that all this is not a repudiation of the president’s agenda. As for his coattails, they seem to be negative ones.
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