Democrat Terry McAuliffe Wins in Virginia
He beats GOP's Ken Cuccinelli
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2013 8:26 PM CST
Updated Nov 5, 2013 9:03 PM CST
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, left, shakes the hand of Republican challenger Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, right, after a debate at Virginia Tech last month.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Unlike some other marquee races tonight, the Virginia governor's race proved too close to call early. But now CNN and others say Democrat Terry McAuliffe will reclaim the governor's seat for the party with a victory over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. With nearly all returns in, McAuliffe had a scant lead of less than 3 percentage points. Politico sees this one as a national bellwether, given how McAuliffe, who has close ties to the Clintons, portrayed Cuccinelli as an "ideological extremist." He also seemed to gain further advantage during the shutdown.

At the same time, Cuccinelli and allies such as Marco Rubio tried to link McAuliffe to ObamaCare, notes the Richmond Times Dispatch. It wasn't enough, though, and McAuliffe got personal appearances late in the campaign from President Obama, Joe Biden, and both Bill and Hillary Clinton. (Also of note, the Times Dispatch made the rare move of not endorsing a candidate in the race; it found all three, including the libertarian in the race, to be unqualified. McAuliffe, it said, epitomized the worst of "crony capitalism.")