They'll be no repeat for Virginia in CNBC's 2010 edition of America's Top States for Business. No. 2 will have to do.
Virginia finished with 1,477 out of a possible 2,439 points, about 30 points behind the winner (to be announced in about an hour's time on Closing Bell).
As usual, so we can no longer say oddly, Virginia failed to win any of the ten individual categories. Few states, however, can boast of making the top 15, never mind the top 10, in so many categories.
Virginia ranked No. 2 in one category, No. 9 in two others and and No. 10 in yet another.
The state, however, did fall out of the top ten in one category and just missed the upper echelon in two others.
On the negative side, Virginia finished in the bottom half in two categories: Cost of Doing Business and Cost of Living.
Complete Rankings: 2009 20082007