The stories of 2012 and what they taught Virginia

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bid farewell to 2012, but first look at the lessons Virginia learned from it.

Virginia was a full-on 2012 election battleground, and its verdict was that President Barack Obama's 2008 victory here was no fluke.

No state saw more spending on TV ads in a Senate race than Virginia. Anonymous independent ads were 2-to-1 against Democrat Tim Kaine. He won anyway, proving money alone can't win elections in Virginia.

The Universtiy of Virginia Board of Visitors' short-lived coup against President Theresa Sullivan backfired, strengthening her position while leaving the board disgraced.

Republicans overreached on the issue of reproductive rights and incurred women's wrath.

And when public discourse hit bottom in October, 9-year-old Carroll County Boy Scout Lane Snow's roadside salute to a fallen lawman reassured us that decency still abides.

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