The top lesson Michael Barone took from the Virginia gubernatorial election was that "the Obamacare rollout fiasco and Obama's lies hurt Democrats." Politico agrees. "Obamacare almost killed Terry McAuliffe," writes James Hohmann.
Virginia has opened the doors to its 200-year-old Executive Mansion to a flamboyant Democratic cheerleader who will have to overcome skepticism and a GOP-dominated House to effectively govern a state with more than 8 million residents.
Democratic businessman Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become Virginia's next governor after a contentious race that was closer than many political watchers anticipated.
If Ken Cuccinelli II loses his bid to be the next governor of Virginia on Tuesday, as polls suggest he will, the date of the Republican defeat will be traced back to May 18. That was the day the commonwealth’s Republican Party took what had been a sure thing and instead allowed the tea party to give the Democrats an opening.
Ken Cuccinelli is losing, but his supporters don’t seem to know it. At least not yet. On Monday, around 200 people squeezed into a small banquet hall—located in his old state senate district—to kick off the last leg of the attorney general’s gubernatorial campaign. The crowd of supporters and former constituents was eager to see Cuccinelli, and his partner for the afternoon, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. “I’ve known Ken for eleven years,” explained Audrey Dutton, a local Republican activist, “He is a man of his word and I trust him completely as a political figure.”
For many Republican politicians, the chaos and bad blood that resulted from the recent Tea Party government shutdown will be a long-forgotten memory by the next time their constituents go to the ballot box. But for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, judgment day is just two weeks away. To overcome the public relations disaster of his party's recent hostile takeover of the federal branch – as well as his own lagging polling – the state's attorney general and wannabe-governor is going to have to bring out some big guns in the final days of the campaign. His secret weapon? Santorum.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a double-digit lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, in a new poll capturing increasing dissatisfaction among voters with Cuccinelli’s party and his conservative views. According to a new Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll, McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli 51 percent to 39 percent among likely voters in next Tuesday’s election. McAuliffe led by eight points in a poll taken in September. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who has capitalized on voter unrest with the two major party candidates, is at 8 percent, according to the new poll.
In a sharp reversal, Virginia attorney general and Republican candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli announced Tuesday that he had donated the value of gifts he received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams to charity. "I wanted you to know that in recent days, I've managed to arrange to send a check of over $18,000 to a Richmond-based charity.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 4 points in the Virginia governor’s race, according to internal Democratic polling obtained by POLITICO. In a private survey commissioned by the Democratic Party of Virginia, McAuliffe draws support from 48 percent of likely voters, versus 44 percent for Cuccinelli. Pollster Andrew Myers writes in a memo — which a strategist shared with POLITICO — that the main trends driving McAuliffe’s lead are a huge gender gap and defections from moderate Republicans.
Voters in Virginia don’t like either of their choices for governor this fall, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Yet, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAulliffe leads state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by six points among likely voters.
Virginia's governor's race remains close, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe edging Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 43-39 percent -- but their running mates have some work to do.The bulk of voters are too unfamiliar with the candidates for lieutenant governor to even give an opinion of them, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.McAuliffe's 4-percentage point lead overall is helped in part by a 16-percentage point advantage with women voters, though 50 percent of voters say they still haven't heard enough about the former Democratic National Committee chairman to say whether they view him favorably or not.Only 36 percent of voters said they didn't know enough about Cuccinelli, who served in the Virginia Senate before being elected attorney general.
You have to wonder if Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is wishing he’d just had an old-fashioned extramarital affair. The media and public are used to those—even a little bored by them these days.
A court has denied Virginia Attorney General and 2013 gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli a full hearing to challenge a ruling that struck down the state's anti-sodomy statute as unconstitutional.