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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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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

A tunnel under the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 in Tysons Corner will carry Metro trains on the new Silver Line that eventually will take passengers to Washington Dulles International Airport and beyond. But Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says if he is elected governor, he might not cover cost overruns on the project. (the washington times)

Cuccinelli puts Metro extension to Dulles on notice

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he's not inclined to put any additional state money into Metro's 23-mile extension to Washington Dulles International Airport absent proof the dollars would be spent wisely. Published October 21, 2013

"The truth is our friend," Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Virginia's attorney general and Republican candidate for governor, says of his optimism that he can close the polling gap with Democrat Terry McAuliffe before Election Day. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli: Implementation of Obamacare a 'national embarrassment'

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Saturday in the weekly GOP address that the rollout of President Obama's health care overhaul has been a "national embarrassment" and lambasted the law itself as an affront to liberty and "the hallmark of a federal government that has lost its way." Published October 19, 2013

While one man waits for an election official to bring him to an available voting machine, other Marylanders cast their ballots at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Review finds 39,000 ineligible to vote in Virginia

Virginia's Board of Elections has removed nearly 39,000 voters from the rolls even as officials prepare to defend the state from a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging whether a "purge" less than three weeks from Election Day is legal. Published October 16, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Linda Davidson, Pool)

McAuliffe maintains fundraising edge in Virginia governor's race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised more than $6 million in September compared to $3.4 million for Republican Kenneth T. Cucinelli II and enjoys a nearly 2-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage heading into the final weeks of the Virginia governor's race. Published October 16, 2013

Conflict? Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Republican gubernatorial candidate, is enforcing the elimination of duplicate voters. (Associated Press)

Virginia Democrats fight purge of voter rolls ordered weeks before election

Election officials across Virginia are grappling with how to follow through with a directive from the State Board of Elections to purge up to 57,000 registered voters from the state rolls — a move that has prompted a lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Virginia and outright defiance by at least one registrar. Published October 13, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, claimed that Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe's proposals would cost the typical family of four more that $1,700 per year in additional taxes. (Associated Press)

Kenneth Cuccinelli says Terry McAuliffe's priorities would cost Virginia $14 billion

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Wednesday that Democrat Terry McAuliffe's spending priorities would total at least $14 billion over a four-year term and potentially translate into a $1,700 tax hike for the average Virginia family as the Republican tries to gather momentum for the stretch run of the governor's race. Published October 9, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe (left) and Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. (Associated Press)

Shutdown seen helping McAuliffe, hurting Cuccinelli

The federal government shutdown has seen Democrat Terry McAuliffe pad his lead in the Virginia governor's race against Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, whose favorability rating in one new poll is lower than Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who has become the principal face of the congressional impasse. Published October 8, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Democrat Terry McAuliffe speaks during a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Nikki Kahn, Pool)

McAuliffe makes risky run to left with limits for coal plants

Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday added coal to the issues on which he has assumed a firmly liberal position, staking his narrow lead in the governor's race on the hope that Virginia's moderate electorate is ready to select a Democratic candidate who also supports gay marriage, gun control and abortion rights. Published October 1, 2013