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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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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


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

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe speaks at the Battleground Forum, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Va. McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli met Friday in another non-debate forum, a format that's become common among Virginia's two scandal-scarred candidates for governor.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

What's missing in Va. race? Honesty

The word Virginia voters most commonly associate with their gubernatorial candidates is "dishonest," according to poll results released Thursday that offer a glimpse into the collateral damage inflicted by the candidates' negative campaigns. Published September 19, 2013

In this March, 2013 photo, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appears during the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. CNN said Tuesday that their debate program "Crossfire" will begin next Monday, Sept. 9.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

New PAC forms to 'Draft Newt' for Virginia Senate run

A staffer who worked on the 2012 presidential campaign of former House Speaker and current cable news host Newt Gingrich has launched a new political action committee this week in an attempt to galvanize support to "draft" Mr. Gingrich to run for U.S. Senate next year against Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat. Published September 19, 2013

Terry McAuliffe has made a point that Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's comments about the lesbian and gay community are inimical to economic growth. The numbers, however, say Virginia has done well in the past four years under GOP leadership. (Associated Press)

Terry McAuliffe vows to use mysterious 'guidance opinion' to help Virginia abortion clinics

Democrat Terry McAuliffe is telling supporters that as Virginia governor he would issue a "guidance opinion" that would exempt existing abortion clinics from complying with strict new health and safety standards. The only problem: State officials say there is no such thing as a guidance opinion and that governors have no such formal authority. Published September 18, 2013

**FILE** Terry McAuliffe (The Washington Times)

McAuliffe up 3 percentage points over Cuccinelli in new poll

Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a 44 percent to 41 percent lead over Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis pulling 7 percent of the vote, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published September 18, 2013

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe tout support

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared alongside conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin in Northern Virginia on Tuesday as his opponent, Terry McAuliffe, campaigned more than 200 miles away with the Republican mayor of the state's largest city. Published September 17, 2013

Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, has brought the importance of the state's coal industry back into the campaign picture. A new ad cites Democrat Terry McAuliffe's words as a candidate four years ago that "as governor, I never want another coal plant built." (associated press photographs)

Cuccinelli camp disavows Jewish joke at rally

The campaign of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II distanced itself from an anti-Semitic joke made Tuesday at a rally featuring the Republican gubernatorial candidate and conservative radio host Mark Levin. Published September 17, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rubio: Virginia governor's race a vote on American exceptionalism

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday cast the Virginia governor's race as not only a fight between Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, but a battle for the idea of American exceptionalism in an uncertain world. Published September 16, 2013

Terry McAuliffe

Coal returns as a Virginia campaign issue

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II tried to repackage a bread-and-butter issue for many Virginians — the state's coal industry — with a new tone Thursday and put the energy issue back at the forefront of the governor's race. Published September 12, 2013

Paying: Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he has written a check to Cross Over Ministry for $18,000, the same amount he reportedly received from a businessman. (Associated Press)

Kenneth Cuccinelli tries to shake scandal in Virginia with $18,000 donation

In an abrupt about-face, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Tuesday he's donating $18,000 to charity as reimbursement for gifts he received from a wealthy businessman — a gamble he hopes will put behind him a scandal that has weighed on his gubernatorial campaign. Published September 10, 2013

Cuccinelli donates $18,000 — equivalent of gifts — to charity

In an abrupt about-face, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Tuesday that he's donating $18,000 to charity — the cash value of gifts he's received from the chief of a nutritional supplement company whose gifts and loans to the state's first family have prompted state and federal investigations. Published September 10, 2013