Skip to comments.GOP Retains Solid Va. House Majority
Posted on 11/06/2013 3:44:43 AM PST by Zhang Fei
Republicans turned back several challenges by Democrats as the GOP retained a solid majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Democrat Jeremy McPike narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Scott Lingamfelter in unofficial returns Tuesday, but several other Republicans survived and the GOP kept 10 seats vacated by Republicans.
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The GOP candidate, AGAIN, COULD have won,
if only there did not exist the criminal villains
and thieves: Rove and Romney.
I don’t believe so..the GOP wanted him to fail. He was not their candidate, he was the Tea Party ‘s.
That’ll be the only thing that holds McCauliffe back...rural Republican legislators who weren’t in on the fix.
Odd; the state election website shows Lingamfelter winning by a few hundred votes.
Some good news at least!
We will remember in 2014!
You know that means the Democrat wins!
Democrat Terry McAuliffe was always going to raise a lot of money in his bid to be governor of Virginia.Maybe Cuccinelli thought he was the Godfather, and big money donors were going to show up, kiss his ring and throw money at him. Unfortunately, as McCain discovered in 2008, that's not the way the world works.
But GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli never took fundraising as seriously as he should have, despite knowing that McAuliffe's past career as a Democratic fundraiser for the Clintons would give him an automatic leg up, according to a Republican consultant.
Cuccinelli has paid the price. McAuliffe, who has a strong lead in the polls ahead of Tuesday's election, has crushed Cuccinelli in the money race, allowing the Democrat to overwhelm the Republican on the TV airwaves. McAuliffe's $35 million campaign haul is almost double Cuccinelli's nearly $18 million.
Cuccinelli, according to an operative with knowledge of the candidate and his campaign, assumed that conservative donors and the business community would automatically give to him, unlike Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, who in 2009 "went out and met with and worked hard to get the buy-in of the money crowd."
"Ken wouldn’t stoop so low. He apparently thought that they would have to come to him after he became the nominee," said the operative, who talked about internal campaign details on the condition of anonymity. "I might go so far as saying that he had a sense of entitlement about it.
oh good, “moderate” “bipartisan” “Eddie Haskell” McAuliffe is gonna have a great time with his own legislature
He pulled an Akin even before Akin did it. In his 2002 campaign for Virginia state Senate, Cuccinelli said that he did not support legal abortion for victims of rape or incest.
Nor do I. Innocent blood is just that - innocent blood.
And despite that he could have won if he had just spent more time on fundraising. Say what you will about Obama - and we criticize him for it - he never shrinks from fundraisers. And that is one part of how he's won - unlimited firepower. Romney raised more in 2012 than Obama in 2008, but Obama found a way to top his own 2008 fundraising record.
Sarvis, the Libertarian spoiler screwed it for Cucc. He was funded by dems.
Yeah, I checked that as well. The article was posted Tuesday night, so some of Scott's strong precincts must have still been out.
The 19th Amendment is why most GOP politicians allow for that exception. Is there a single statewide GOP pol who has won without supporting that exception?
nice astroturf troll
peddling Rhino propaganda here
Vile Former Lt Gov Bollings the Rhino who lost the nomination to Ken actively pressed
gop donors and activist to support Mcawful !
Bollings told a major Gop Pac to not support Ken and send money and support to Mcawful.
While that may be true, the Clintons pulled the winning play from their old playbook.
They had the libertarian run. Like Perot he won the margin of votes necessary to allow Mcawful to prevail.
Sanctimony among libertarians lost the election for the Republican candidate.
Did Cuccinelli have enemies? Sure. Is he unique in having intra-party enemies who cross over to the other side? No.
But did Cuccinelli spend nearly as much time fundraising as McDonnell? The Cuccinelli campaign guy interviewed says no. Even the third party candidacy isn't particularly unique. John Anderson, a liberal Republican, ran against Reagan in 1980. Ultimately, Cuccinelli can make all the excuses he wants, but the reality is that VA GOP legislators mostly won their seats back. VA did not reject the GOP. It rejected him. It's not any single factor, but a combo of everything working against him, ranging from (1) his past statements opposing the incest and rape exception for abortions, (2) his lackadaisical fund-raising, (3) the Libertarian Party candidate, (4) McAuliffe's fund-raising prowess, (5) McAuliffe's experience in the big leagues running a national level campaign, (6) his personal lack of charisma and the list goes on. But we keep on circling back to the same bottom line - he lost while VA GOP legislators prevailed. He was deficient in a way that other VA GOP pols weren't.