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Why Terry McAuliffe barely won (RNC pulled $ from Cuccinelli, gave it to Christie)
Politico ^ | 11/6/13 | JAMES HOHMANN

Posted on 11/06/2013 6:11:44 AM PST by jimbo123

How the heck did that happen?

Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points.

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McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million, and he used the cash advantage to pummel him on the airwaves. A lack of resources forced the Republican to go dark in the D.C. media market during the final two weeks.

The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009 governor’s race.

The Chamber of Commerce spent $1 million boosting McDonnell in 2009 and none this time.

“If the Republicans would have rallied around the nominee instead of refusing to support Cuccinelli, he would have won,” said a GOP source involved in the race.

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RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski defended the committee, saying that it has to make hard choices about how to spend limited resources.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cuccinelli; defundkarlrove; defundtherinos; defundthernc; fundraising; gop4dnc; gop4obamacare; gop4romneycare; gop4taxes; mcauliffe; rnc; va2013
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1 posted on 11/06/2013 6:11:44 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

The Stupid Party strikes again. Hopeless.


2 posted on 11/06/2013 6:15:14 AM PST by Starboard
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To: jimbo123

The resources of the RNC are going o get a whole lot worse, as people stop giving to Dem Lite


3 posted on 11/06/2013 6:15:16 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: jimbo123

We need to figure out how to win in states like Virginia without the RNC. On one hand, the money helps, on the other, I don’t want my elected officials owing the RNC any favors, which is the only reason why people like Ted Cruz can speak up.


4 posted on 11/06/2013 6:15:22 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: jimbo123

The GOP is determined to remain a “centrist” party even if they have to lose to do it.


5 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:04 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: jimbo123

In 2008 the GOP stripped my “lost cause” incumbent conservative congressman of funds in the final weeks of the election. He lost the race by a whopping 2% of the vote and we got a democrat who immediately got on board and voted for Obamacare.


6 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:04 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wolfman23601
We need to figure out how to win in states like Virginia without the RNC.

This.

7 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:09 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: jimbo123

Fat and skinny had a race....


8 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:17 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: jimbo123
RNC: "Thank you for your past support. How much can we mark you down for this time?"

--click--

9 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:50 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: seeker41

10 posted on 11/06/2013 6:18:45 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
RE :”McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million, and he used the cash advantage to pummel him on the airwaves. A lack of resources forced the Republican to go dark in the D.C. media market during the final two weeks.
The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009 governor’s race. “

Levin's been ranting about this for days but it begs the question (that I had when listening so I can post it here),
if the whole plan is for conservatives to ditch the GOPe to beat Dems then does it make sense to blame lost elections like this on lack of help from them?

If we dont need them then how can we blame losses on them for not helping enough?

I am glad it wasnt a landslide for McAuliffe, that would have been a disaster.

11 posted on 11/06/2013 6:19:39 AM PST by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: jimbo123

Jeff Kuhner said this morning that Soros and Obama funded the Libertarian candidate’s campaign.


12 posted on 11/06/2013 6:19:47 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Starboard

Not hopeless. Let Ken run for Senate and allow TEA across the nation to fund him. If everyone knew how close this was going to wind up beforehand, money would have flowed like a river and he would have gotten 50%.


13 posted on 11/06/2013 6:19:54 AM PST by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: jimbo123

I haven’t given money to them since ‘08. Finally not getting the calls and envelopes in the mail anymore. Not a dime. Until they change their ways.


14 posted on 11/06/2013 6:20:25 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: sickoflibs

The point is that we need to defund the RNC and Karl Rove and also send them a message by primarying McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Alexander and the rest of the GOP-e sleazes.


15 posted on 11/06/2013 6:22:08 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: sickoflibs
If we dont need them then how can we blame losses on them for not helping enough?

It's the hypocrisy. WE need to unify with THEM, to support RINO primary winners, but it doesn't work the other way.

16 posted on 11/06/2013 6:22:35 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: wolfman23601

We need to figure out how to win in states like Virginia without the RNC.


We DID win VA without the RNC! RAT-funded Sarvis Peroted McA to win with what, couple hundred thousand votes? You don’t think those stay-at-homes wouldn’t get out and vote, realizing how much closer it was than they imagined?


17 posted on 11/06/2013 6:23:13 AM PST by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: jimbo123

It was an easy decision for the RNC to make:

Money for Obama Pal and establishment pol, Chris Christie?

Or

Money for Ken Cuccinelli, favorite of the despised Tea Party?


18 posted on 11/06/2013 6:24:05 AM PST by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Iron Munro

19 posted on 11/06/2013 6:25:20 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The corporist pigs like the Chamber would rather have a Dem than a conservative. It’s all about pork to them. They have become nothing more than prostitutes at this point.


20 posted on 11/06/2013 6:26:58 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Starboard
Not hopeless

It should be the end of the Republican Party. Christie didn't need the money to win; Cuccinelli did. It's another negative against Christie...his responsibility was to say to the RNC: "I've got this one in the bag. My friend Cuccinelli needs our help in VA".

Why weren't the smart guys in the conservative movement out in front of this before the election? Are they in favor of us being forced into a hillary vs Christie situation?

21 posted on 11/06/2013 6:27:43 AM PST by grania
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To: jimbo123
RE :”The point is that we need to defund the RNC and Karl Rove and also send them a message by primarying McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Alexander and the rest of the GOP-e sleazes”

Not sure that explanation helps.

We been doing that for a few years now, but if we are calling for defunding GOPe (as the past few years) then how can we blame lost elections of conservatives on not getting enough help from GOPe ?

This founds like a model for failure.

22 posted on 11/06/2013 6:27:54 AM PST by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: jimbo123

Jack Sprat would eat no fat, his wife would eat no lean.....

I hadn’t thought of that children’s nursery rhyme in years, but it applies here!


23 posted on 11/06/2013 6:27:59 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
RE :”It's the hypocrisy. WE need to unify with THEM,..”

You think we need to unify with GOPe?

24 posted on 11/06/2013 6:29:22 AM PST by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: jimbo123

Absolutely sick, and the worst is that the GOP didn’t realize or didn’t care that there would be a huge backlash against Obamacare at this time.

They are running around trying to give about 50 million foreigners citizenship.


25 posted on 11/06/2013 6:29:27 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Venturer
The resources of the RNC are going o get a whole lot worse, as people stop giving to Dem Lite

I'd like to see a breakdown of contributions to the RNC. Something tells me we'll find that individual contributions are nearly non-existent, but corporate and lobbyist donations make up the bulk of their funding. They sure do work hard to keep the crappy government-as-usual applecart from being tipped.

26 posted on 11/06/2013 6:31:36 AM PST by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: Starboard

The RNC is not a friend of America. Nothing could be more obvious. This will not be solved until we can once again drink salty tea from the waters of Boston Harbor. Sic Semper Tyrannis! Don’t Tread on Me! etc. etc. etc! We can see the RED of their eyes...so its time to “Fire!”


27 posted on 11/06/2013 6:32:24 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jimbo123
Map of Virginia election results:

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The RNC, the national party bears THE ENTIRE BLAME FOR THIS LOSS.

The Tea Party nearly singlehandedly won this race, and if the national party, instead of kissing Chris Christie's butt, had put some EFFORT into backing a real conservative, this race could have been won.

We need a leadership change in the Republican party.

I quit giving to the national party several election cycles ago, giving only to candidates I agree with...wake up, RNC. I know you have trolls here....your hatred of conservatives isn't helping you.

28 posted on 11/06/2013 6:33:25 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: jimbo123

The people will once again, get the Government they deserve.


29 posted on 11/06/2013 6:33:32 AM PST by sport
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To: sickoflibs

The only way to get the GOP-e to start doing the right thing is to cut off the money and primary their RINO darlings. RNC donations have plummeted. So have donations to Karl Rove’s PACs. In fact, Karl Rove is running internet ads begging for money for his PACs since he can’t afford to run TV ads anymore.

The RNC’s abandonment of Cuccinelli isn’t an excuse. It’s another illustration that they are not on our side.


30 posted on 11/06/2013 6:34:37 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Can’t even get Cuccinelli elected over the turd MacClinton and you think we will get the old school primaried? I have begun to lose all hope for our dear republic. It is sinking in finally that we are beyond the tipping point and it will take some sort of conflict to right the ship.

It is shameful that being elected means having a bigger wallet. To hell with ideas and message, it is all about how much crappy signs and buttons you can buy I guess.


31 posted on 11/06/2013 6:34:50 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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I have a family member living in Virginia who answered a GOP plea for money for the VA gubernatorial election by stroking a sizable check. And now she learns that her money went to Chris Christie in New Jersey while she's stuck with Terry McAuliffe for the next four years? Talk about betrayal!

Forget about winning elections for now. First we must take control of the GOP. Then and only then will we have a chance at winning elections.

32 posted on 11/06/2013 6:35:57 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: jimbo123

I’m glad the battlelines are becomeing more defined between Tea and GOP. This is a good thing.


33 posted on 11/06/2013 6:36:10 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Hoodat

Your family member living in Virginia should get a thank you note from Chris Christie and Karl Rove for the contribution.


34 posted on 11/06/2013 6:37:37 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

See, they (RNC, GOPe types) had to spend more money on Christie - even though he’d have won anyway - to make sure he won by a large enough margin to still be seen as the presumptive nominee in 2016.

They (RNC, GOPe types) also didn’t like Cuccinelli being a Tea Party favorite.


35 posted on 11/06/2013 6:37:42 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: EricT.

I am not sure we can judge the RNC donations by what is said here in Free Republic.

I know the RNC will never again receive a dime from me, and that appears to be the message here.

However it would be nice to see where the monies they do receive come from.

I am a registered Republican now because I haven’t found another place to go, the party has left me. This latest with Cuccinelli has frosted my balls.


36 posted on 11/06/2013 6:37:50 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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RE :”The RNC’s abandonment of Cuccinelli isn’t an excuse:

It is the way this post article is written. It says 'our guy lost because THEY didnt help enough' and Levin with same theme.

But to your post : on the Morning Joe they concluded that the ‘business’ wing of the GOP gave the Tea Party a schooling last night.

37 posted on 11/06/2013 6:38:47 AM PST by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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McAuliffe had 15 million dollars in his campaign.

How much of this money was from the Saudis or other foreign interests?


38 posted on 11/06/2013 6:39:07 AM PST by Prole
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“The shutdown demoralized a chunk of the Republican base and really energized a chunk of the Democratic base,” said GOP pollster Wes Anderson

So it was really the Tea Party that caused the loss? /sarc

39 posted on 11/06/2013 6:39:29 AM PST by oldbrowser (The debt limit is the emergency brake on government spending)
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To: Venturer

When I get those fundraising appeals in the mail from the RNC I print out a handful of McCain Pesos and send them back in the prepaid envelope.


40 posted on 11/06/2013 6:40:33 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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Morning Joe they concluded that the ‘business’ wing of the GOP gave the Tea Party a schooling last night.

Morning Joe? You can't be serious.
41 posted on 11/06/2013 6:43:17 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: SoFloFreeper

Spot on.


42 posted on 11/06/2013 6:43:59 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: jimbo123

“Skinny and Fatty sitting in a tree, K eye s s Eye N G!”

The Future-— according to Rove. Lord God please— help us.

What absolute MORONs.


43 posted on 11/06/2013 6:45:19 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: sickoflibs

Since you’re a Morning Joe viewer, has anyone ever asked Joe about the dead intern they found in his congressional office?


44 posted on 11/06/2013 6:45:47 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

If the Republican party throws us Christie, like McCain and Romney, for presidential candidate, I will not vote for him regardless of the Democrat candidate. It won’t matter either way. I voted for the other two but no more. McCain has done everything but switch parties to cooperate with the Democrats. So give us a RHINO/CINO and I will not help them win. DC ruling class is like one big party and the Republicans are acting like the wall flowers so happy to be invited to the party they will do anything to get invited again.


45 posted on 11/06/2013 6:48:17 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: jimbo123

If the business wing of the GOP-e gave the Tea Party “a schooling” then the business wing of the GOP-e is in for a rude shock in 2014 and 2016 when the Tea Party refuses to back their prefered RINOs and they go on to get crushed.

The GOP-e is aready trying to set the table for Chris Christie. There can be little doubt Christie is their next dream candidate following Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

If the GOP-e manufactures a Christie nomination I will stay home and I publicly declare that I DON’T CARE if that means President Hillary.


46 posted on 11/06/2013 6:48:31 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: sickoflibs

Do you think any of the Koch money went to christie? Since they are branded as ultra-conservative satans by the lefties— would they not adhere to TEA principles and goals.
THIS is how to direct the funds. The problem is the “pro” morons like Rove. And. the. Bushes.


47 posted on 11/06/2013 6:48:46 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

It’s not just the money, it’s the outright betrayal of a signifiant chunk of the GOP establishment in Virginia, starting with the Bollings, the Lieutenant-Governor who Cuccinelli defeated in the Republican primary. Take Boyd Marcus for example. He was the former Chief of Staff for Eric Cantor, who then founded the consulting firm Marcus Allen which both provided services to Cantor and to Bollings. When Bollings was defeated, Marcus Allen switched allegiences to MacAulliffe. The betrayal being complete, we can fully expect Boyd Marcus and his cronies to be back on Cantor’s payroll. Disgusting.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/05/Eric-Cantor-s-ex-chief-of-staff-helped-Terry-McAuliffe-beat-Ken-Cuccinelli


48 posted on 11/06/2013 6:49:53 AM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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RE :”Morning Joe they concluded that the ‘business’ wing of the GOP gave the Tea Party a schooling last night.”
...
Morning Joe? You can't be serious. “

sure, that's the home of GOPe. They LOVE Christie. They were estatic over last nights results. “They were big in the “i told you soo’s’ They want him to run.

That's how to find out what they are saying.

Never trust a source who is trying to destroy another source to tell you what the second one is saying, no matter who its is.

49 posted on 11/06/2013 6:50:28 AM PST by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: jimbo123

This is no accident. The GOP-e would rather have a Clinton bagman as governor of VA than a TEA Party conservative Republican. The conservative voters in VA have Priebus and the Fat Cats to thank for having the worst character in its long and storied history ascending to the governorship of the home state of George Washington.

Disgraceful.


50 posted on 11/06/2013 6:51:26 AM PST by txrefugee
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