The increasingly large Republican field includes several governors (like Jim Gilmore) who are trying to make a comeback after being absent from politics for years.
Even in a state that helped defeat the Confederacy, legacies of the Civil War era are raising tough questions in the state capitol today.
Florida and Virginia (and possibly two other states) have to redraw their unconstitutional voting maps for the 2016 election. Similar legal challenges are only likely to increase in coming years.
They may have had their negatives, but unlike Congress today -- and to some degree, the states -- they got the job done.