Skip to comments.McAuliffe narrowly defeats Cuccinelli in Virginia, ObamaCare troubles loom over vote
Posted on 11/06/2013 8:32:55 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governors 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 Cuccinellis 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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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.
Agreed. McAwful was lucky. Not so much for the next batch of democrats to stand trial at the voting booth.
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!
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.
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.
Yes I saw that. The Dems LOVE third parties and help finance them.
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.
Damn, this is razor close....
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.
“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.
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.
Agree Scott. Ken would have won if Democrat plant Sarvis were not in the race.
“... 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.
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 $$$$.
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%?
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.
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.
McAuliffe will be perfectly poised to be VP. I checked, the domain name: www.ClintonMcAuliffe.com is already taken.
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.
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.
I disagree. McAuliffe was all over the airwaves blasting Cuccinelli relentlessly without response. With more resources, Cuccinelli could have taken it to McAuliffe.
Not “diverse” enough I think.
More likely DeVal Patrick (Baraq Jr)
or Cory Booker (Baraq III)
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.
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.
Losing theme. I got a better more silly one:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The “limited government” candidates won a majority of the votes in Virginia yesterday.
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.
I'm sure the Whigs said exactly the same thing.
You can’t have a third party until you have a second one.
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.
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.