Virginia’s 100th state House district went 54-44 for Obama in 2012, and 55-45 for Democrat Tim Kaine for Senate in the same year.
Last night, it held a special election. The Republican candidate won, by a landslide, 60% to 40%.
It’s a special election, but in a mid-term year in which Democrats are on the run over Obamacare, and President Obama is in his second term — a point at which the party of the sitting president usually loses seats.
Losing seats they recently won by as many as ten points is unusual, though.