(NBC NEWS) -- All eyes were on a pair of republicans in Tuesday's elections.
Both are opponents of Obamacare, but the one from New Jersey cooperates with democrats and the other, from Virginia, is a partisan fighter.
One message from New Jersey and Virginia seems to be that you can be conservative, but to win you have to be willing to work with the other side.
Tea party republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia governor's race but said his strong showing sent a message.
"That Obamacare is a failure and that you want to be in charge of your healthcare," said the defeated Cuccinelli.
"It made the race closer than it was going to be. McCauliffe was expected to win by a wider margin - he won by 2 1/2 points, said University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato.
Democrat Terry McCauliffe is a pal of Hillary Clinton.
They kept an eye on her possible 2016 opponent for president
New Jersey republican Governor Chris Christie won re-election in a landslide, with 32% of the democratic vote.
Today Christie preached bipartisanship.
"If washington is confused about how to do this look at New Jersey," said Christie.
But on Capitol Hill, the knives were out on Obamacare.
"No more excuses. No more spin. Just give us the truth," said republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the truth is that most of the 11 million Americans who have non-group plans are not losing their insurance.
"A majority of those individuals will keep plans that now will have stronger coverage," Sebelius said.
"We know that lying to Congress is a crime, but unfortunately, lying to the American people is not," shot back republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
Obamacare is sure to be a big issue in the next round of elections.
That's 2014, with control of the house and the senate and, therefore, Obamacare and other big issues all at stake.