The Washington Times - October 11, 2013, 09:58PM

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has secured the endorsement of former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, in the Virginia governor’s race.

Mr. Paul, the iconoclastic 2012 presidential candidate who has attracted a loyal band of devoted followers and supporters among the conservative grassroots, wrote in a letter

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to Mr Cuccinelli dated Oct. 11 that he’s endorsed him in past elections and that he’s “proud to do so again.”

“Ken Cuccinelli has always stood for smaller government and limited government, he has consisten[t]ly and unapologetically worked with the Liberty movement in Virginia,” Mr. Paul said in a statement. “His stand against ObamaCare shows he is willing to stand up to Washington’s continued abuses on our individual liberties. I am proud to endorse Ken for Governor of Virginia.”

Mr. Cuccinelli is running against businessman and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, who earlier in the week secured his own high-profile endorsement from the mercurial L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor.

“Terry McAuliffe’s not having served in any elected position is not a reason to reject his candidacy but to believe that it can be a positive,” Mr. Wilder wrote on his blog. “He has to know that he has to have trained and able minds to assist him in leading and guiding the state.”

Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate in the race, has been at about 10 percent in recent polling. Mr. McAuliffe holds about a 7-point lead in the race, according to RealClearPolitics’ average of recent polls.

Mr. Paul took more than 40 percent of the vote in Virginia’s March 2012 presidential primary in a head-to-head match-up against eventual nominee Mitt Romney. The two men were the only candidates to secure the proper number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.

In response to a question from a Washington Times reporter, Mr. Cuccinelli confirmed last year on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that he did cast a vote in the primary, but he did not say who he voted for.

Mr. Romney has helped Mr. Cuccinelli out as well; he attended a fundraiser in Northern Virginia for him last month.