In the year and a half since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, House leaders refused to permit a vote on it.
While Republican turnout was down, the increase in Democratic turnout fell far short of what was needed to win.
Republicans badly wanted to win this historically red district, famous as the home for many retired military.
The GOP won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, increased its majority in the House, and won important governors' races around the country.
Without mentioning Wisconsin's GOP Gov. Scott Walker by name, President Obama blasted Walker for opposing an increase in Wisconsin's $7.25 minimum wage.
Voter turnout is decisive to the outcome; labor and its allies are going all out to reach every potential supporter, including discouraged voters.
Republicans have adopted a Halloween-themed campaign strategy that they hope will incite voters to run screaming from Democrats.
News stories have documented the ravaging of the district's finances by local banks and out-of-town educational consulting companies.
With less than a month to go before the Nov. 4 election, "What's the matter with Kansas?" is a question Republicans are asking.
Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has either stood by and let the degradation of the state occur or has actively contributed to it.