Year in Review: Politics Make Local Headlines in 2012

Lynchburg, VA - A presidential election, two former Virginia Governors battling it out for the Senate, and a sweep of local Republican congressional re-elections.

2012 proved to be a powerful year for politics.

President Obama won re-election in an Electoral College landslide Capturing for the second time, Virginia's 13 votes.

But the campaign was a hard fight

All four candidates made appearances in the heart of Virginia.

Some, more memorable than others:

"Unchain Wall Street. They're going to put ya'll back in chains," said Vice President Biden.

Another heated election was the fight for a vacated Virginia senate seat.

The candidates were familiar faces.

"I have a son who has just started a career in the military. I'm not going to do things that will hurt the troops or will hurt defense,"

Former Governors Tim Kaine and George Allen made it a memorable race. Allen claimed repeatedly that if Kaine was elected, it would hurt Virginia's immense defense industry.

"I could never imagine myself voting for something that could be so potentially harmful to our military readiness and jobs in Virginia," Allen said.

While nationally Virginia went blue. Locally, though, some areas remained red.

"It is an affirmation of their hard work. I think it is an affirmation of our message and so it is gratifying and it nice to put this one away," said Hurt.

Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt both won re-election.

Nationally, locally, Election 2012 proved to be this year's biggest political newsmaker.