(CNN) - Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is taking the loss of three Virginia House Democrats quite personally.
Kaine, the former governor of the commonwealth, called the electoral defeat of Reps. Rick Boucher, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello "very, very tough."
"These are all friends," he told CNN.
As governor of Virginia from 2006 through 2010, Kaine presided over a golden period for Democrats, in which President Barack Obama was first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state in 44 years, both U.S. senators were Democrats and a majority of the House delegation were Democrats.
Now the House delegation will be overwhelmingly Republican, 8-3.
"That is discouraging. But you know, it is an indication Virginia is a very closely divided state like most of the country now," Kaine said.