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Virginia Governor Results (Update: McAuliffe wins in very close race)

Virginia Governor Results (Update: McAuliffe wins in very close race)

Polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern.

We’ll embed a results widget if we find one, but you can view the live results at HuffPo Election and Politico. Official count Board of Election page here.

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Yes, I am late to the party. What is it, exactly , that Cuccinelli said about abortion that has all these women terrified of him?
I believe I read that he voted or wanted to file suit regarding the OTC availability of morning after pills…but I don’t know the details and it’s hard to get a factual account on the internet.

    snopercod in reply to Uh Huh. | November 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm


    raven in reply to Uh Huh. | November 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I know, it’s “hard to get a factual account” when you’re a troll.

    jdkchem in reply to Uh Huh. | November 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I’m guessing you’re late to a great many parties chief.

      Uh Huh in reply to jdkchem. | November 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Excuse the hell out of me. Go look at my other posts on LI for the past six months and tell me that I’m a troll. I don’t live in VA, and I only started following the Cuccinelli campaign when McAuliffe entered the race(yes I DO know who he is)and have heard much of what I know about Cuccinelli from listening to Mark Levin. I don’t have the opportunity to listen all three hours of Levin, so I have only been getting bits and pieces of Cucinelli facts, I’ve heard part of an interview with him.

      All I’ve heard recently about the race is that McAuliffe and company have continously hammered about Cuccinelli wanting to ban abortions or morning after pills or something along those lines. I actually wanted to know what Cuccinelli ACTUALLY said or supported without having to wade through hundreds of lib sites twisting what he actually did say.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Uh Huh. | November 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        I think it is going to be more difficult for state attorney generals or state treasurers to upgrade to Governorships or Senators. This is because they are the bearers of bad NE was mostly.

        Americans are not yet ready to face failure.

    A human life evolves from conception to death. Elective abortion is a gross violation of our unalienable Right to Life. The normalization of abortion represents a human rights violation committed on an unprecedented scale.

    Now, the question is if a progressive morality will or should redefine our unalienable Rights. It seems that money and sex are effective inducements to corruption and murder, respectively.

    The relaxation of moral standards is a topic which cannot be ignored. Abortion in particular, which devalues human life, and degrades it to a commodity status, must be discussed by people with a conscience and a desire to advance the human condition.

    This is what we know. A human life begins its evolution from conception. It then follows a path of development, including brain activity, which may be reasonable correlated with the emergence of consciousness. So, at what point does it become morally acceptable to terminate a human life without cause or due process?

    That said, we can begin this discussion with a universal consensus: right to self-defense (a distinction between elective and defensible abortions). What remains is a review of abortions committed for money, opportunity, or convenience.

    n.n in reply to Uh Huh. | November 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    While I didn’t criticize your comment directly, the content of my response could imply that motivation. It does criticize the popular conceptions within the given context, but the focus of its attention should be clarified.

@Uh Huh Since when do Republicans have to take a position on abortion for Democrats to base their entire campaign demagogueing the issue?

My district has a hotly contest race for Delegate. The Dems spend more here pushing a Muslim teacher for Delegate than the R’s do in a US Congressional race. Wall to wall TV ads, signs everywhere, I’ve had 7! groups of people knock on my door over the past two weeks (I considered it my duty to waste as much of their time as possible). And, what’s he running on? Scaremongering about the R’s position on abortion. The R incumbent delegate has been my delegate for years. As far as I know, he’s never said a word on the issue. Nor is it anything most people around here care about at all.

What the D’s are really after here in VA is repealing Right to Work laws, MASSIVELY expanding Medicaid, passing gun control laws, passing carbon caps, and the usual Democrat handouts to Teacher’s Unions and various other unions.

But, all they talk about during the campaigns is smears against the character of their opponent and fear mongering abortion.

    Uh Huh in reply to Aarradin. | November 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for a civil reply to my original question.
    At some point, all of our candidates, whether they be Rinos or true conservatives, are going to have to call Democrats liars to their faces. The days of politeness from Republican’s has to stop.

We’re in a fight for the soul of our country, and every local, state and county election is a battlefield. I do hope that personal responsibility wins out in the end. Even if the governorship gets handed to the progressives (and I’m hopeful it will not), that doesn’t mean we ever give up on the local level.

smalltownoklahoman | November 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Looking at the map at Politico and no surprise the Virginia counties closest to DC are going for McAuliffe. Still at this time Cuccinelli is leading overall. Keeping my fingers crossed that he wins it tonight!

Cuccinelli is a good guy who ran a lousy campaign. We seem to have a lot of this in the GOP. If he wins it will be despite himself. What a shame. I don’t know why it’s so hard to run and win against the utter trash the democrats keep throwing up. But it is. It’s always a god*amn nail biter, at best. Ridiculous. Romney should have crushed Obama. Same with Cuccinelli over McAuliffe.

As much as I don’t like Chris Christie, at least he knows how to run a killer campaign.

As of now it’s still a nail biter with Cuccinelli hanging on to a teensy lead. The Libertarian candidate, Sarvis, is getting 7% of the vote . . . that would push Cuccinelli over the top.

Reconfirming–for me, at least–my sense that a third party is exactly what both GOP establishment and Obama and his horde want; how better to amass big spending, big government power and sideline the TEA Party and Libertarians than to encourage us to pick up our toys and stomp away in out/rage? Establishment GOP would rather lose a couple of seats, including even the majority in the House, than to see use actually push them out in favor or real Constitutional conservatives, and of course, Obama’s fondest dream is to see Pelosi as speaker again. Third party candidates will make their dreams our nightmare reality.

I hope we’re smarter than that next year and continue to add to the conservatives who are in Congress and not get side-tracked helping Obama and his traitorous horde win the majorities they need to finish this country off.

(Sorry, didn’t mean to go on so much about third parties, but that seems to be a problem here for Cuccinelli–well, that and the fact that his campaign people sucked. When will the GOP get a clue and stop being so weak and spineless?)

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | November 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

VA will soon swear in the nation’s sleaziest governor.

smalltownoklahoman | November 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Been watching closely, McAuliffe just took the lead. Fairfax County and Arlington seem to be where he got it from. It’s those DC suburbs, Cuccinelli did fairly well in most of the rest of the state but a big urban center like that can really cancel out a lot of smaller communities.

I can’t believe that those lazy Virginia conservatives stayed home. They had a chance to strike a blow for all of us but NO.

There were re-runs of Star Trek on BBC, or maybe they were busy watching “The Biggest Loser”

What a bunch of tools.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to betty. | November 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm


    Sozo in reply to betty. | November 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Takes one to know one. Cuccinelli was hardly VA’s knight in shining armor, just a choice that wasn’t as bad as that Democrat sleeze. Bolling would have kept the state red, and we have Cuccinelli to blame for boxing him out.

    Lady Penguin in reply to betty. | November 6, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Pretty insulting of you to say that. The conservatives didn’t stay home. We’re the ones who elected the slate for these offices. The GOP Establishment money/votes stayed home. Cuccinelli was outspent 25 to 1 all until the last week or so. Then it was 10 to 1. The Clinton and Obama money machines worked big time for McAuliffe.

    Our slate was hammered with the same lying “war on women” all through the summer months. Unanswered by the GOP.

    Sarvis, the libertarian candidate got 6% of the final vote. He’s the Dem plant, funded nicely by an Obama bundler out of Texas. Virginia libertarians had never received more than 2% in prior elections.

    So check your facts. The GOP Establishment is going to self-destruct, not the conservatives or grassroots.

      Sorry, I am just so disheartened. I guess I need to shut this stuff out for a while.

      scooby509 in reply to Lady Penguin. | November 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Yeah, I haven’t been paying close attention, but I sure as hell made it out to the polls and voted a straight GOP ticket. God, McAuliffe is such a scumbag, I can’t believe he’s our governor.

I remember McAuliffe as one of the sleazy money-men hanging around the Clinton administration. Democrats really have no shame, do they?

The state of Virginia now has only one political purpose: To launder money for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Unmarried women … stupid as hell.

    jacksonjay in reply to walls. | November 6, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Stupid or voting their self-interest! Democrats preach selfishness not self reliance! They know that Dems will take care of their needs! Free Birf Control, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Housing Assistance!

    Not a stupid vote!

The Dems’ Sarvis strategy worked. Virginians may come to regret this election.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Daiwa. | November 6, 2013 at 12:50 am

    You can blame NOVA for this. Squarely.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to theduchessofkitty. | November 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

      From 1791 until 1847 the city of Alexandria and Arlington county were part of the District of Columbia. Virginia took them back during the noxious maneuvering that led to the notorious Compromise of 1950. Maybe the Republican dominated Virginia Assembly should give the area back to the federal government as Jefferson and Madison had intended.

How many years until Corzine is redeemed too?

Sarvis did his job and will be picking up his ‘check.’

The GOP would rather see a state governed by a Democrat than a state governed by an actual Conservative.

The GOP is more interested in insuring that the Tea Party loses than insuring that the Democrats lose.

VA about to learn a different definition of ‘common wealth’.

So Mac won in Virginia, Joisey passes a minimum wage law higher than the feds have set, and diBlasio won in NYC.

Apparently people are still voting for free stuff…

McAuliffe called Cuccinelli “a principled man” in his speech.

It must have stuck out to him right away since he has absolutely no principles, only hungers for power, and is willing to give away whatever free stuff he can to get it.

Fortunately for Virginia, the General Assembly will remain safely in Republican hands – but all appointments will be to thieves and cronies, so the watchdog committees will be busy.

If not for the three-week diversion of the federal shutdown taking over the news cycle 24/7, the bad news about PPACA (and possibly the news about Sarvis being propped up by an Obama bundler) would have given Cuccinelli time to make his case.

Unfortunately, Virginia has made a stupid mistake.

theduchessofkitty | November 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

Glad to say I left NOVA fifteen years ago for TX.

Zero regrets.

Not going back there if I can help it.

theduchessofkitty | November 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

One more thing: they did this in MO. They did this in VA.

How much do you wanna bet they WILL do the same thing next year in TX?

(I like Gregg Abbot and all that. Tough guy. Doesn’t suffer fools. But the great migration of peoples from all the other states comes with a very serious risk here.)

McAuliffe won ‘unmarried women’ by something like 44 points.

Expect to hear a LOT more about Abortion (in all its various poll-tested euphemisms) in races all across the country for the foreseeable future.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Aarradin. | November 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Not necessarily. The ACA makes contraception virtually free. So there will be no reason to have an abortionat all unless down to straight medical reason eg deformity & the almost never maternal death risk.

    This is the last hurrah. As each election cycle passes the young women are getting older & looking more like being childless . The young ones replacing them are already decreasing in number having themselves been aborted.

    Biology does not change . Most young women still want babies. They still think everything ( babies & abortions ) are possible . Deep down they know – they just can’t admit it yet. I further believe they feel abandoned by their own boyfriends & are blaming Dad substitutes ( white male republicans ) . Which one did not want the father of the baby to come begging them to marry & be a real family? Only the minority.

    Their prized tight golden vaginas will soon be a distant memory . It is quite sad really.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | November 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

      A friend of my husband (good man, honest, hard-working) had a relationship with a woman whom he loved like his own soul. He found out she was pregnant and he was ready to be a father. Then, he found out she aborted their child. He broke up with her and never saw her again.

      He never had children. He died childless. Again, this was a good, honest man. But the women in his life were no different than whores.

      Men notice these things: they see when the women around them turn out to be worth less than a dress at a clothes shop, when women think of them as nothing but a good time and, ahem, “sperm donors.” They see it. The good men who are smarter than that look for good women, mostly in conservative circles, where you will find women who were raised right, will marry you and (most importantly) have your children. Usually, I see all the good men around here married by age 28. And I have seen, increasingly, men here who marry traditional women from other countries. Too many men that I’ve met have “gone Galt” on American women. I don’t have to wonder why: I see it all around me. Too bad the single women keep crying “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” while not realizing that the “root cause” is clearly seen with a mirror.

      The future belongs to those who show up.

      Soon, when these unmarried women are old and childless, with not one adult child to take care of them when they are infirm and weak, they will remember how they laughed and mocked at families like the Duggars, or how they laughed and spat at the faces of pro-life protesters, priests, ministers, and even friends and relatives who find the practice of abortion disgusting.

      I know families with lots of children. Not 19, but at least less than 10. (I have 2, which is replacement rate.)

      They should ask the women of Russia how they fared, and how it is that now the government there is giving hoards of cash and incentives for couples to have children. There have been more abortions in Russia than anywhere else in the world. The fall of the Soviet Union and its aftermath accelerated that. Today, they are having a huge problem replacing themselves. It has become a matter of survival.

R’s won big in VA Assembly races. I haven’t seen anyone talking about this at all, but the wins are historic.

R’s NEVER controlled the Assembly in VA prior to ’99. Prior to this election we held 53 of 100 seats (I think the most ever held by R’s was 54, but don’t feel like researching it thoroughly).

Tonight’s result: 67 R / 33 D (there are 2-4 of those R wins close enough for a recount, one of which was one by under a hundred votes).

The VA State Senate is split 20 R / 20 D (elections every 4th year, so nothing happened tonight, next election in ’15). The problem here is the Lt Gov casts the tiebreaker, and presides daily, and the Lt Gov is now a D.

So, here’s the question: Can McAuliffe force through his principal campaign threat to vastly expand Medicaid in VA or can the 67 R’s in the Assembly stop him? Similarly, can McAuliffe force VA to set up a State Obamacare Exchange even though the Assembly is strongly opposed? Don’t know, we’ll see.

I don’t like calling those of my sex ‘bitches, but who are these stupid bitches who preferred abortion to a solvent state? What is wrong with these people?!?

This election is a fraud. The so-called Libertarian candidate is a democratic, recruited by democrats, to split the vote. This is a playbook strategy being used more and more often to rig elections. The people of Virginia should sue.

RICO all banksters and their political hoars.

NC Mountain Girl | November 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

Voters who insist that Uncle Sam be their personal sugar daddy and father to their children will be in for a rude awakening when the big government bubble breaks.

Ok, so the lack of RNC money to the conservative was the deciding factor. Therefore, how do we conservatives by-pass the RNC to funnel our money to these people?

I like the idea of a Tea-Party KickStarter crowd-funded thing.

We need to build the infrastructure that the RNC has to use for ourselves–data, mailing lists, funding sources–where people we Tea Party Conservatives trust do the work and thinking get get bundles of money and turn-out-the-vote stuff done.

We have a two-front battle going on, the Marxists Left AND the GOP establishment vs we the people.

Let’s kick their ass.

I’m looking forward to seeing the people of Virginia get exactly what they voted for.

Not to put a damper on things, but Cuccinelli was his own worst enemy.

Mark Levin is out today complaining that the RNC and major donors pulled the plug on Cuccinelli because of their desire to wreck the Tea Party. There’s some truth to that, but Cuccinelli did some things in the buildup to this election that alienated a number of Pubs. The nominating process especially was problematic: he and his supporters (many of them Tea Party) muscled through a change that switched the Pub nomination from a primary (where his opponent, Bolling, was thought to have a good chance) to a caucus (which Cuccinelli and his supporters packed).

Now: in politics a win is a win, but when you leave your opponents spluttering and fuming, don’t be surprised that “party unity” is more than a little elusive.

After all, look how many of us are angry at ObamaCare not JUST because of what the ACA does, but also how is was jammed through.

Bolling supporters thought that Cuccinelli was under-handed, so in the general election they sat on their hands and wallets.

So the REAL lesson to Republicans, I suggest, is this: don’t let the desire for power cause you to do things that fracture the party. If you do you won’t win the general election. And a party that can’t win elections is useless.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to stevewhitemd. | November 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    In other words, Tea Partiers, you must accept and support the preferred nominee of the GOP establishment in the name of Republican solidarity and victory.

    Because it you don’t, and your guy wins the nomination, the establishment Republicans will do what they can to insure his defeat – because defeating the Tea Party is more important than beating the Democrats.

      stevewhitemd in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | November 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

      No Smoke, but if you’re a Tea Party organizer and you manage to win a primary, be sure to do so in a way that doesn’t alienate the rest of your party.

      Because you’re going to need them in November, as Cuccinelli found out.

      Cuccinelli and his faithful changed the rules in a way that led people to think that the process itself was unfair. That inevitably leads to people refusing to support the candidate.

      I don’t know Bolling — from what I gather he’s about as exciting as drying paint. But the people who supported him felt they had been screwed at the convention.

      You reap what you sow.

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to stevewhitemd. | November 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        And so will you and the rest of the Republican Establishment you support, Doctor.

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to stevewhitemd. | November 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        And, by the way, you prove my point, and the point made by Professor Jacobson in his post this morning: the primary goal of the GOP Establishment is not beating the Democrats. It has other goals and is more than willing to hand victory to the leftists to achieve them, all the while demanding that Tea Partiers and other genuine conservatives “put winning first.”

        I am through with that – and I’m not alone.

        Nominate Christie and see what we do.

          scooby509 in reply to SmokeVanThorn. | November 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

          So, in other words, Republicans, you must accept and support the preferred nominee of the Tea Party in the name of Tea Party solidarity and victory.

    The VA nominating process was changed from an open primary to a convention. Had the Cucinelli people changed it to a closed primary in which only registered Republicans could vote, IMHO that would have been more palatable to the rest of the party.

    I had no use for Cuccinelli as soon as I learned of his efforts to investigate Michael Mann. My low opinion of Mann is irrelevant. Using the power of the State to harass unwelcome research would have set a horrendous precedent.

    George MacacAllen, and now Cuccinelli: the VA GOP sure can pick ’em.

This race transpired as I, and many others, had predicted — the exploding population of Northern Virginia, and that area’s generally liberal bent, proved to be too much for Cuccinelli to overcome, even against as odious a candidate as the obnoxious blowhard, dilettante and carpet-bagger, McAulliffe.

Virginia is effectively a Democratic state now, sad to say. It has Democrat senators, three out of the last four governors have been Democrats, and, Mugabe-bama carried it twice. The cancerous liberal emanations from Washington, D.C. have seeped into Northern Virginia, turning that area into a de facto province of D.C., with all of the reflexive, lemming fealty to the neo-communist lib agenda that is prevalent there.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to guyjones. | November 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Bubbles always burst. Obama has helped create a big government bubble in and around Washington, DC. The area now contains some of the most affluent communities in the nation but what of value is produced there? Nothing. Eventually that economic reality will catch up with the area.

      Bubbles always burst.

      True, and yet

      1. They may burst with a bang or with a whimper.

      2. They may not burst for a long time.

      My refugee parents expected the Iron Curtain to collapse by the mid-1950s because the Communists were so obviously unfit to govern.

      3. There’s an admonition to people who bet against bubbles: The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.

The absolute best way to reverse this across the country, is to help young women understand men better, or eliminate women’s right to vote.

Married women with children are much more conservative for many, many reasons.

Young women today don’t understand how men are wired, they just don’t get it, and entertainment media and our institutions hide the information from them.

In an attempt to address then, whenever I have the opportunity, I advise young women and young men to read John Gray’s books starting with “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus,” and most especially “Mars and Venus on a Date.” As long as they don’t understand the courting process, young women will not be able to marry successfully, and will not be able to give their children the fathers that are absolutely essential to successful maturation.

Occasionally, I give them to children of my friends when they graduate from high school and $100 to pass an oral exam on them.