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  • Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Hanover Precinct at Atlee High School, in Mechanicsville, Va., on Tuesday. Rob Wilhoite (below) makes his selections at the school. Turnout across the state was exceeding expectations, perhaps due in part to the hotly contested gubernatorial race.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots for Virginia Governor at the Hanover Precinct at Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, Va., Tuesday, November 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) (photographs by andrew harnik/the washington times)

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  • "It is almost a disincentive to have a lot of policy experience on the state level in running for governor," said Mark Rozell, political science professor at George Mason University. "Voters see a recorded vote as a real affirmative commitment to an issue. It is really tangible in the way a campaign position paper or speech is not."

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  • "It makes it much easier for Republicans to pick up because right now there is not a clear front-running Democrat to try to keep that seat," said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. "Probably, the happiest guy in Virginia right now is George Allen."

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