November 2, 2010 Republican Robert Hurt's defeat of Periello came despite President Obama's campaigning for him. While Periello was a reliable vote for Obama, he was also a centrist who was seen as well suited to a district that leaned Republican.
Perriello heard from his constituents -- many of them complaining -- when he supported President Obama's health care overhaul.
Alex Wong/Getty Images
October 28, 2010 The president is rallying Virginia Democrats not by going to a safe precinct but by going to the least safe. And by appearing with Rep. Perriello, he may be saluting the past -- their victories in 2008 -- more than the likelihood of victory in 2010.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor