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David Sherfinski

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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