I live in Virginia and we used to be irrelevant in National politics (always voted conservative) and now we are VERY purple. The Governor's race's players were selected WAY ahead of the election and I consider it the election of "Dumb or Dumber." The middling guy who was pushed aside (the Lt. Governor for two terms) couldn't muster the courage to run an independent campaign (probably not enough money). It really is a sad state of affairs.