Political pundits will debate for a long time to come the reasons why [the Perriello v. Goode] upset happened. Most agree it was a combination of several factors -- the Wall Street collapse, the popularity of Pres.-elect Barack Obama, tons of money pouring into the district to help Mr. Perriello and a general dissatisfaction with incumbents (as evidenced by many incumbents losing around the country).Swing State Project:
Finally, we were caught off guard by the magnitude of the Obama coattails in Virginia, where we left Glenn Nye (VA-02) and Tom Perriello (VA-05) at Lean R. The polls just weren't there for them, in GOP-leaning turf, but the bluening of Virginia lifted them far enough. (If there's one candidate I'm personally shocked that won, it's Perriello; I was miffed to see the DCCC pouring money into a guy who seemed way too progressive for such a rural and downscale district. Here's one race where I'm super-happy to eat some crow.)Where do I even start with these?