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McAuliffe narrowly defeats Cuccinelli in Virginia, ObamaCare troubles loom over vote
Fox News.com ^ | 11/06/13 | FoxNews Staff

Posted on 11/06/2013 8:32:55 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday, in a surprisingly close victory over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli -- who was heavily outspent and trailed in the polls for much of the race. With nearly all precincts reporting, McAuliffe was ahead with just 48 percent of the vote, to Cuccinelli’s 45 percent. Though McAuliffe previously held a double-digit lead, exit polls showed voters opposed to the federal health care law overwhelmingly backed Cuccinelli, helping him narrow the gap on Tuesday.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cuccinelli; kencuccinelli; obamacare; robertsarvis; terrymcauliffe; va2013; virginia
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That McAuliffe’s lead narrowed in the final days -- due in part, it appears, to voters’ early dissatisfaction with ObamaCare -- could throw a scare into some Democrats up for re-election in red states in 2014. (2010 redux?)
1 posted on 11/06/2013 8:32:55 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Some are blaming the RNC on this for not spending enough money. I doubt it. BOTH sides spent a fortune on this race. If you want to blame a political party, blame the Libertarian party which siphoned off enough votes to give it to the Democrats. Third parties help Democrats.


2 posted on 11/06/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Agreed. McAwful was lucky. Not so much for the next batch of democrats to stand trial at the voting booth.


3 posted on 11/06/2013 8:38:36 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Did you catch that report from The Blaze yesterday?
The Libertarian got a late gush of cash from an Obama bundler. We was set-up!


4 posted on 11/06/2013 8:40:32 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Mark Levin was pointing out last night that a lot of Chamber of Commerce RINOS in Virginia actually WANTED McAuliffe so he could raise taxes and begin spending the money on boondoggle projects (high speed rail) that would make them all rich.


5 posted on 11/06/2013 8:41:44 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I blame Christians who consistantly stay home or vote the status quo instead of voting for candidates who line up to their faith.

The silent church will be responsible for the downfall of America.

All that is required is to follow the 2 Chronicles 7:14 principal: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


6 posted on 11/06/2013 8:42:01 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Third parties help Democrats.
A vore for Perot was a vote for OJ Clinton.We're still paying for it and will through at least 2016.
7 posted on 11/06/2013 8:42:24 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yes I saw that. The Dems LOVE third parties and help finance them.


8 posted on 11/06/2013 8:43:19 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
If you want to blame a political party, blame the Libertarian party which siphoned off enough votes to give it to the Democrats.

Agreed. Others have tried to spin it otherwise, but in this case take away the Libertarian candidate and you have a Republican win. The Dems helped fund the Libertarian candidate for a reason, and it paid off.

That being said, shame on the Virginia voters who voted for McAuliffe. You will now reap what you have sown.

9 posted on 11/06/2013 8:43:26 AM PST by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Latest, per WaPo (11:45 EST)...

Attorney General (100% precincts counted)

Obenshain (R)......1,099,422....50%

Herring (D)...........1,099,136....50%

Damn, this is razor close....

10 posted on 11/06/2013 8:45:05 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I still can’t believe that a SLIMY carpetbagger like McAuliffe could come into VA and capture more than a couple hundred votes, no matter how much he spent. All those transplants who came here to enjoy federal largesse, I guess.


11 posted on 11/06/2013 8:45:14 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: TheDon

“That being said, shame on the Virginia voters who voted for McAuliffe. You will now reap what you have sown.”

While I hold the McAuliffe voters in contempt, the sniveling trolls who threw GOP votes away on Sarvis are just as despicable.


12 posted on 11/06/2013 8:47:36 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: stars & stripes forever
I blame Christians who consistantly stay home or vote the status quo instead of voting for candidates who line up to their faith.
You mean "mis-aline."Source
13 posted on 11/06/2013 8:48:03 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
"We, the People" will not forget how a so-called "moderate" and powerful group who may call themselves "moderate conservatives" are influencing the future freedom and success of our grandchildren and their grandchildren by their years of yielding up liberty under the guise of "moderation"!

Do they every read the "Declaration of Independence," marking the day when the world changed? Do they understand that, had the men and women of that day been "moderate" and compliant in deferring to coercive government power over their lives America would never have come to be the refuge for oppressed individuals from all over the world?

Message to Republicans:

"Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it." - John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 1777

Republicans, you are having what may be the last chance to preserve "freedom" for future generations! Moderation in the face of arrogant, determined men and women who believe that "fundamentally changing" America from its foundations in freedom into a model based on the Old World ideas from which it separated and distinguished itself--that kind of "moderation" is just cowardice disguised.

That Virginians, living in the land of the "Author of the Declaration of Independence" (Jefferson), and "father" of the Constitution (Madison), would choose a political hack tied to the unprincipled agents of such "fundamental change," is shameful and illustrative of the degree of constitutional illiteracy which "progressive" education brought about.

14 posted on 11/06/2013 8:56:18 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: ScottinVA

Agree Scott. Ken would have won if Democrat plant Sarvis were not in the race.


15 posted on 11/06/2013 8:56:24 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Where liberty dwells, there is my country....)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“... a lot of Chamber of Commerce RINOS in Virginia actually WANTED McAuliffe so he could raise taxes and begin spending the money on boondoggle projects (high speed rail) that would make them all rich.”

It is worth remembering that it’s not only illegal immigrants and the poor who vote for their Free-Government-Sh*t allotment.

Let’s also not forget to give special thanks to Chris Christie who wouldn’t campaign for Cuccinelli and thus helped make it a lot harder to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.


16 posted on 11/06/2013 8:57:11 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: stars & stripes forever

How in the world do YOU know how the all the Christians voted? Maybe they all voted for Cuccinelli and he still lost. Maybe the RNC/GOP should have told the truth about McAll-if, but NOOOO they wanted to fill their pockets with $$$$.


17 posted on 11/06/2013 9:06:20 AM PST by madison10
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To: stars & stripes forever

Spot on.


18 posted on 11/06/2013 9:06:37 AM PST by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: TheDon

And McAuliffe won with less than 50%.

Can we change the rules so the top two candidates have a runoff if no one gets 50%?


19 posted on 11/06/2013 9:06:59 AM PST by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
"Some are blaming the RNC on this for not spending enough money. I doubt it. BOTH sides spent a fortune on this race."

Wrong. The RNC spent a fraction of what they spent on the previous gubernatorial election. Cuccinelli's campaign says they were on their own; in fact, the RNC pulled money from Cuccinelli and gave it to Christie.

There are numerous FR threads about it this morning.

20 posted on 11/06/2013 9:08:59 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

It is true that McAuliffe spent more. It is not true that Cuccinelli lacked resources. I think his campaign spent more than $19 million——a HUGE amount in a small state like VA. Here in CA Meg Whitman spent $140 million of her own money to end up losing to Gov. Moonbeam. You can only spend so much. Had the RNC thrown in a few million more, I don’t think it would have made the difference. The difference is this particular race was the Libertarian candidate. Third parties help Democrats.


21 posted on 11/06/2013 9:14:25 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

McAuliffe will be perfectly poised to be VP. I checked, the domain name: www.ClintonMcAuliffe.com is already taken.


22 posted on 11/06/2013 9:18:05 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh

I know he is a loyal Clinton flunkie....if she is looking for loyal Clintonista in a purple state....he would fit the bill. Also a prodigious fundraiser.


23 posted on 11/06/2013 9:21:24 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
BOTH sides spent a fortune on this race

The RNC spent a paltry $3 Million on this race, while showering fat ass in NJ $12-13 Million. In a race he won by 40% so your analysis is wrong! The RNC is coming after Tea Party candidates. The so called libertarian was not a libertarian at all....although I agree that a third party helps dems....I also believe that we have to go after the rinos who feel it necessary to come after us! This isn't the first race they've done this to us.

24 posted on 11/06/2013 9:21:32 AM PST by ontap
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I disagree. McAuliffe was all over the airwaves blasting Cuccinelli relentlessly without response. With more resources, Cuccinelli could have taken it to McAuliffe.


25 posted on 11/06/2013 9:22:08 AM PST by mrs9x
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To: aimhigh

Not “diverse” enough I think.

More likely DeVal Patrick (Baraq Jr)
or Cory Booker (Baraq III)


26 posted on 11/06/2013 9:24:44 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Why oh why oh WHY ... do precincts insist on reporting in before the metropoli ?

If everyone just held their tally until the big conclaves had reported in, there would be time to attack an uneven voter/vote count and etcetera.

If a city shows a hint of irregularity, the remainder can justify holding back their tally until it is settled in a court ... or whatever.


Just say no.

27 posted on 11/06/2013 9:25:11 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: ontap

I agree that the RNC wasted money in NJ to help Roly Poly. He was going to win anyways....the Dems put up a sacrificial lamb who didn’t stand a chance.


28 posted on 11/06/2013 9:26:22 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
RE :”Some are blaming the RNC on this for not spending enough money. “

Losing theme. I got a better more silly one:

Why wasnt Christie in VA? at #71

29 posted on 11/06/2013 9:29:03 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: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
"It is true that McAuliffe spent more. It is not true that Cuccinelli lacked resources. I think his campaign spent more than $19 million——a HUGE amount in a small state like VA"

The question isn't whether McAuliffe spent more; that's not up for debate. You said you doubted the RNC spent enough money, and I am correcting you based on what I know. Again, the Cuccinelli campaign and numerous other sources state that they were abandoned by the RNC in favor of Christie.

I'm in Virginia. I sat through the endless onslaught of McAuliffe ads. Ken just didn't have the money to compete. So with all due respect, don't tell me that Cuccinelli didn't lack resources. You don't know what you're talking about.

30 posted on 11/06/2013 9:35:50 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Well VA will rule the day they elected this Klinton butt kisser. What they get they deserve for putting him in office. Stupid is as stupid does.


31 posted on 11/06/2013 9:38:13 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Looking at it from outside your state, I’d tend to think you’re correct.
One of the real threats of our rampant crony capitalism is that people like the Clinton Crime Family and Chicago Mob have huge amounts of campaign money.


32 posted on 11/06/2013 9:39:00 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
The loss was the result of the GOP. The GOP is more closely in alignment with the communists elite than the grass root Republicans that support the Tea Party and conservatism.
33 posted on 11/06/2013 9:46:59 AM PST by Logical me
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To: nascarnation

The really sad thing is that it is mostly misappropriated federal spending. How do we ever recover from the trillions of dollars the Democrats have siphoned away?


34 posted on 11/06/2013 9:48:53 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
The Dems LOVE third parties and help finance them.

That is why some Republicans cannot see how damaging a third party is to getting a Republican voted in. And we still have some simple minded Republicans that insist a third party is the answer. How ignorant.

Miss Romney yet?

35 posted on 11/06/2013 9:50:48 AM PST by Logical me
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To: nascarnation

You’re right-—it’s no different from any other form of organized crime.

That’s not to say Sarvis wasn’t a factor; he clearly was. But the RNC is complicit in this mess, and I will never forgive the traitorous SOBs for helping to foist the sleazebag on my state.


36 posted on 11/06/2013 9:57:32 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Well I’m in CA. And I’ve seen Republicans like Meg Whitman spend kazillions on the airwaves. It makes no difference when you’re in a solid blue state where the GOP brand is about as popular as hemmeroids. Unfortunately VA is turning solid blue too, ehich explains why McAuliffe always had a built in advantage.


37 posted on 11/06/2013 10:00:19 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines; oh8eleven
"Third parties help Democrats."

EXACTLY !!!

"BOTH sides spent a fortune on this race."

Though the Dems spent over 10X the amount as the Repubs.

The RNC heirarchy is run by RINO'S - And the Tea Party needs to (IMO - will) take over that too!

38 posted on 11/06/2013 10:01:54 AM PST by celmak
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To: ScottinVA
Damn, this is razor close....
And when the Democrap loses he'll demand a recount - and somehow - enough votes will be found to make the Dem the "wiener."
39 posted on 11/06/2013 10:06:54 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
"Well I’m in CA. And I’ve seen Republicans like Meg Whitman spend kazillions on the airwaves. It makes no difference when you’re in a solid blue state where the GOP brand is about as popular as hemmeroids. "

Exactly. You're in CA, which is why you don't know the situation in Virginia. And for some odd reason, you seem unable to comprehend the facts when they are explained to you.

So carry on.

40 posted on 11/06/2013 10:08:09 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Cuccinelli did quite well considering that he was vastly outspent and faced an establishment media campaigning for his opponent. I blame his loss on the business class’ failure to fund him.


41 posted on 11/06/2013 10:13:03 AM PST by Socon-Econ
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
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42 posted on 11/06/2013 10:17:48 AM PST by mikrofon (DNClinton$)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Fact is the Libertarian Party, not the Republican Party killed whatever slim chance Cuccinelli may have had. It is a miracle that he came so close. He was runningg against one of the biggest fundraisors in the Democrat Party.

My dear I am sorry to inform you your state is becoming as blue as mine. The growth of big government in the northern DC area no doubt has contributed to these changing fortunes. In my state it it was basically changing demographic factors which turned CA so blue.


43 posted on 11/06/2013 10:22:08 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Cuccinelli had McAuliffe beat with 82% of precincts counted. The Democrats had to swing the last 12% to win. That’s an even scarier stat.


44 posted on 11/06/2013 10:23:57 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

The “limited government” candidates won a majority of the votes in Virginia yesterday.


45 posted on 11/06/2013 10:36:39 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

The RNC did NOTHING for Cooch. NOTHING. The Republican Establishment actively wanted him to lose.

Cuccinelli was outspent at least 10-1 and came within 2 points of winning.


46 posted on 11/06/2013 10:37:43 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Third parties help Democrats.

I'm sure the Whigs said exactly the same thing.

47 posted on 11/06/2013 10:38:24 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

You can’t have a third party until you have a second one.


48 posted on 11/06/2013 10:39:04 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Mark Levin was pointing out last night that a lot of Chamber of Commerce RINOS in Virginia actually WANTED McAuliffe so he could raise taxes and begin spending the money on boondoggle projects (high speed rail) that would make them all rich.

Correct. Bill Bolling, the "moderate" Lieutenant Governor who also wanted the nomination, made a point of publicly refusing even to endorse Cuccinelli.

Bolling had been the Establishemnt's candidate. They talked about running him as an independent, like Marshall Coleman.

49 posted on 11/06/2013 10:40:59 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

Exactly. They did. Third parties help Democrats.

Keep in mind the electorates in midterm elections and off year elections are decidely different than in presidential election years. In midterm and offyear elections-—it is the more dedicated and disciplined voters who show up-—generally speaking older and whiter voters-—hence more Republican. VA has been trending strongly blue in recent years and is now basically purple. However, in midterm and in off year elections the Republicans in that state can still be competitive.


50 posted on 11/06/2013 10:44:35 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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