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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy, announces his transition team Wednesday at the Capitol in Richmond. Any spending plans he has will have to be approved by a Republican-weighted General Assembly with its own agenda. (associated press)

Terry McAuliffe's vague campaign promises face cold realities in Virginia

Having collected less than 50 percent of the vote in the Virginia governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe can hardly claim a mandate and now faces the tough task of filling in the details of a vague political agenda in the face of a strong Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic Party for which he has spent most of his life working in various unelected roles. Published November 6, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli: Tea-leaf reading is for the pundits

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who cast his own ballot in the Virginia governor's race Tuesday morning, says he's still making calls to undecided voters and that reading tea leaves on any broader implications for the race is best left to the professional prognosticators. Published November 5, 2013

Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Ken Cuccinelli walks through the room where his election night party will be held an hour before polls close with his son Jack in downtown Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Turnout brisk in Virginia election, few problems reported

Early turnout on Election Day was brisk, with elections officials reporting few issues Tuesday amid signs that as voter participation could eclipse 2009 rates despite a governor's race that's become infamous for its negativity. Published November 5, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center), accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner (left), speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (right) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters will go to the polls to choose between Mr. McAuliffe and state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II as the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe make final appeals to Va. voters

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II made their last-minute appeals to voters across Virginia on Monday, as the final polls showed a close contest heading into Election Day. Published November 4, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, speaks in Blacksburg, Va. Women may hold the key in Virginia’s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Cuccinelli casts Virginia election as referendum on Obamacare

Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli got a boost from two midwestern Republican heavyweights Saturday as he tried to spur his voters to the polls by casting Tuesday's gubernatorial election as a referendum on President Obama's health care overhaul. Published November 2, 2013

** FILE ** This photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, shows Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesturing during an interview in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Terry McAuliffe up 7 points in Virginia governor's race: poll

Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains a 7-point edge over Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race to be Virginia's next governor, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis still pulling numbers that suggest he could influence the final outcome of the closely watched contest on Tuesday. Published November 1, 2013

 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe speaks during a rally in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. McAulioffe was joined by former President Bill Clinton who has attended rallies around the state to give his support to McAuliffe, who is running for governor of Virginia.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Terry McAuliffe goes AWOL for Virginia students and media

In April, the gubernatorial campaigns of Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II were asked if they would provide videotaped responses to five questions from high school students across Virginia. But two weeks ago, Mr. McAuliffe abruptly backed out. Published October 31, 2013

Anna Nunnelly, 17, from Glen Allen, VA., laughs as she shakes hands with Ken Cuccinelli during a campaign stop, in Glen Allen, VA., Wednesday, October 30, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli try to swing Libertarian vote in Virginia race for governor

With some polls showing the Virginia governor’s race tightening in its final days, Republicans and Democrats are looking to manipulate a bloc of libertarian voters who have withheld their support from the major parties but who could swing the hotly contested race if they return to the fold for Election Day. Published October 30, 2013

Ron Paul to campaign for Cuccinelli on Monday

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a tea party and libertarian hero, will campaign for Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Monday — a day before voters go to the polls to choose Virginia's next governor. Published October 30, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) joins Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, at a campaign rally at his Bristow campaign headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli ties McAuliffe to Obamacare

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is now billing his race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe as a referendum on President Obama's health care overhaul— a pivot that Mr. Cuccinelli hopes will gin up enthusiasm among the GOP base but one that could prove risky if recent polling on the Virginia governor's race is accurate. Published October 29, 2013

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, right, and running mates Lt. Gov candidate, E.W. Jackson, center, and Attorney General candidate State Sen. Mark Obenshain, listen to speakers during a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., where they received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia. Cuccinelli is treating his bid for governor as a referendum on all the things he opposes. And there are plenty of them, like the Democrats’ health care law, the EPA which he nicknames the “Employment Prevention Agency”, those who would limit gun rights, and last but not least, his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GOP money pours in to help Obenshain win in Va.

National Republicans are pouring money into the campaign of Republican attorney general candidate Mark D. Obenshain, attempting to salvage at least one of the top three statewide offices they swept four years ago in Virginia. Published October 28, 2013

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia Terry McAuliffe poses with former president Bill Clinton, right, during a campaign event, "Putting Jobs First",  in Dale City, Va., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Bill Clinton at Terry McAuliffe rally calls on voters to ‘show up’

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday slammed the caricatures that have been painted of his good friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, even as Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II seized on new details of an investment scheme in which the Democrat profited off the terminally ill. Published October 27, 2013

Terry McAuliffe (left) makes nice with rival Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II after their final governor's debate Thursday at Virginia Tech. (associated press)

In final Virginia governor debate, Ken Cuccinelli hits Terry McAuliffe hard

Down in the polls, Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli on Thursday launched his sharpest attacks of Virginia's gubernatorial campaign, accusing Terry McAuliffe of being a liar and of lacking substance while the Democrat said the attorney general's economic plan would wreck the state's economy. Published October 24, 2013

A gaffe-free final debate performance by Democrat Terry McAuliffe (left) would not aid Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in his bid to be Virginia's next governor. Mr. McAulliffe is holding a lead in polls in the high single digits. (associated press)

Cuccinelli's hopes ride on debate

Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will get his last shot to go toe-to-toe with Terry McAuliffe on Thursday in the third and final debate of the Virginia governor's race. But the Democrat, with a modest lead in polling and an outsize advantage in money, will likely be content simply to avoid any cringeworthy gaffes. Published October 23, 2013