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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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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

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

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Chamber of commerce in Fairfax backs McAuliffe

The political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor Thursday, handing the Democrat a key boost from the business community in the state's largest jurisdiction while undercutting his Republican opponent's most effective line of attack thus far. Published September 26, 2013

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

Ken Cuccinelli, Terry McAuliffe trade blows in second debate

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Wednesday said Democrat Terry McAuliffe wants to run a government he doesn't understand, while Mr. McAuliffe slammed the Republican attorney general for his "bullying" tactics and mean-spirited rhetoric during the second debate between the candidates for Virginia governor. Published September 25, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (left), a Democrat, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, meet before a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project in Richmond on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Prime-time debate gives McAuliffe, Cuccinelli chance to sway Va. voters

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II could be getting their last, best chance to sway undecided Virginia voters Wednesday when they take the stage in a prime-time, televised debate hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe addresses the Virginia Energy and Opportunity Forum in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

McAuliffe stumbles on substance in Virginia; GOP stumbles to seize advantage

The campaign of Terry McAuliffe is getting tripped up in the stretch run of the race for Virginia governor over the Democrat's perceived lack of substance on issues, but the unfavorable ratings of Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II apparently have offset the stumbles, according to polling numbers released Monday. Published September 23, 2013