The Virginia governor's race was the Republicans' to lose. But the tea party-backed Ken Cuccinelli did just that to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, in a race that wound up closer than expected.
Oily, bony fish? Check. Baked beans? Check. Politics? You betcha! GOP US Senate hopeful George Allen gave the keynote speech at 'Shad Planking 2012' in Virginia. Why was Democratic rival Tim Kaine a no-show?