Democrats have held the majority in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 1928. As recently as five years ago, there were 72 Democrats in the House and only 28 Republicans.
But since 2007, the party has lost 18 House seats - including as many as 11 last week. (One race is so tight that provisional ballots could change the outcome.)
The next legislative session could begin with a 54-46 ratio of Democrats to Republicans in the House. WVMetroNews headlined the story:
"Democrats no longer have a significant majority in West Virginia's House of Delegates."
Well, great snakes. This is as shocking a development as doubts about sunrise.
As Daily Mail Capital Reporter Ry Rivard reported, the recriminations are flying.
Did the tip-top of the ticket kill enthusiasm at the bottom? After all, President Barack Obama didn't win a single county in the Mountain State.
Nah. Sen. Joe Manchin won his U.S. Senate race and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin retained the governorship.
Was it party leadership and state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio, as House Health and Human Resources Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, charged?
Was it that Republicans had more money coming in from their national party and from out-of-state political action committees, as Puccio contended?