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Topic - Robert Sarvis
If Terry McAuliffe had any scruples, he would decline the key to the governor's mansion. But he long ago proved, along with most Democrats in power from President Obama on down, that he has no scruples.
Democrats will use 'war on women' as long as it goes unchallenged
The days following an election are spent reflecting on the lessons drawn from what went wrong and what went right. For Virginia Republicans, not much went right. For Democrats, just enough went right to win.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election, while Terry McAuliffe eked out an unexpectedly close win against Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor.
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.
Terry McAuliffe narrowly edged Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the surprisingly close race for Virginia governor Tuesday, delivering a Democratic victory and a repudiation of Republicans who just four years ago swept the top three statewide races.
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.
"This is a referendum on Obamacare," Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli told a crowd of supporters outside a GOP office in Prince William County on Saturday, drawing scattered catcalls when he mentioned the president's upcoming appearance with Mr. McAuliffe.
On Nov. 5, Virginia will hold its Tuesday Night Football game. Might be on Spike. Check your TV listings. Why the Land of Presidents holds its gubernatorial elections in off years — no presidential or congressional races on the ballot — is anyone's guess. Maybe state lawmakers want to see just how few voters will go to the polls.
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.
Libertarians could wake up, save Virginia from McAuliffe
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.
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.
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is often described as both a tea party member and a libertarian, but it turns out that most libertarians aren't tea partyers.
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.
But Mr. Sarvis lays out a simple path to victory over the two universally despised candidates: "If everybody who's voting against the other guy actually voted against both of them, I would win in a landslide," he said with a laugh last week in an interview. "People feel locked into a two-party system, but the fact of the matter is — we don't have to do it that way."
"I realized that the Republican Party, at least in Virginia, in the current era, is not a good vehicle for liberty candidates," he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which this year has refused to endorse a candidate. "Republicans are very strident on personal issues."