In 2005, on a candidate who won 52-to-46-percent:
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 8 - Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, won the race for governor in Virginia tonight, scoring a major political victory for his mentor, Gov. Mark Warner, and sending a powerful message that President Bush's political standing has fallen in this reliably Republican state.
In 2009, on a candidate who won just shy of an astounding 60-to-40-percent:
RICHMOND, Va. — Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican and a former state attorney general, won a decisive victory in Virginia’s governor’s race Tuesday, a stark reversal of fortune for Democrats who have held control in Richmond for the past eight years.
[Then, skipping down an unprecedented 20 paragraphs...]
Democrats fought hard to avoid a rout. Though the Obama administration initially expressed quiet reservations about Mr. Deeds, the president campaigned twice for him, helped him raise money, appeared in his advertisements and extended the support of his political campaign arm, Organizing for America.
Notice how much Obama's visit to the Commonwealth on behalf of Creigh Deeds five days ago is downplayed? The paper wouldn't have been any more obvious if they typeset it in a teeny tiny 3-point font.
It's also strange that the Times makes a big deal out of Bush's fall in the exit polling, going so far as to point out that, "his own approval rating has dipped below 50 percent in Virginia."
In Obama's case, a slip from 53 percent to 48 percent is merely upheld with the bold statement that, "support for Mr. Obama had diminished only slightly."
Far be it from me to point out that the New York Times' undying support of the Obama presidency to color its coverage of this election.