Why Democrats are nervous about Virginia

History shows that off-year and special elections don't necessarily reflect the state of national politics. When McAuliffe won Virginia's gubernatorial race in 2013, for instance, that win was not indicative of the wreckage Democrats would suffer in the 2014 midterm election and the 2016 general election, writes Julian Zelizer.

Why Democrats are nervous about Virginia
History shows that off-year and special elections don't necessarily reflect the state of national politics. When McAuliffe won Virginia's gubernatorial race in 2013, for instance, that win was not indicative of the wreckage Democrats would suffer in the 2014 midterm election and the 2016 general election, writes Julian Zelizer.