In final round of Virginia gubernatorial debates, candidates keep up verbal slugging – neither scores knockout
October 24th, 2013
10:07 PM ET
11 months ago

In final round of Virginia gubernatorial debates, candidates keep up verbal slugging – neither scores knockout

(CNN) - In a race already peppered with heated rhetoric and negative campaign ads, the attacks did not let up in the third and final debate between the two candidates vying for Virginia’s governor.

Leading in the polls since the partial federal government shutdown, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe hit opponent Ken Cuccinelli over social issues like abortion and gay rights while Cuccinelli fought back, linking McAuliffe to Obamacare and its rocky roll-out, asking "Why would we expand failure?”

Issues discussed ranged from gun control to bipartisan compromise in the wake of Washington’s shutdown showdown. Though the attacks varied little from previous debates, the candidates hit the ground running, first decrying their opponent’s respective financial plans for the Commonwealth.
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Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
First on CNN: Making the pitch for Virginia women
October 24th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Making the pitch for Virginia women

Washington (CNN) – Hours before Thursday's final debate in the race for Virginia governor, a leading abortion rights group says it's going up with internet ads that attack the Republican candidate in the race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, for "meddling in women's private health decisions."

NARAL Pro Choice America tells CNN that they'll spend five figures to run the spot between now and the November 5 election. FULL POST


Filed under: 2013 • Abortion • Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Poll: McAuliffe maintains advantage in Virginia gubernatorial race
(L) Terry McAuliffe (R) Ken Cuccinelli
October 23rd, 2013
08:17 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: McAuliffe maintains advantage in Virginia gubernatorial race

Washington (CNN) – The Republican and Democratic candidates vying to become Virginia's next governor both addressed the recent government shutdown on the campaign trail, but a new poll indicates the issue had little to no impact on the race.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, less than two weeks before Election day, shows Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe with a 46%-39% advantage over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli, with Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis hitting the double digits at 10%.
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Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Polls • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
And the endorsement goes to: No one
October 21st, 2013
09:05 AM ET
11 months ago

And the endorsement goes to: No one

Updated 12:44 p.m. ET, 10/21/2013

(CNN) – The right-leaning Richmond Times-Dispatch decided to endorse no candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race, a little more than two weeks before Election Day.

"The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry's derision," the editorial board wrote. "The third-party alternative has run a more exemplary race yet does not qualify as a suitable option. We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor."
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Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
NJ Star-Ledger endorses Christie with ‘deep reservations’
October 20th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
11 months ago

NJ Star-Ledger endorses Christie with ‘deep reservations’

(CNN) – New Jersey's largest newspaper backed Republican Gov. Chris Christie in his re-election bid on Sunday, but the editorial was hardly a glowing endorsement.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger argued that the incumbent governor has many flaws but that he would still run the state better than the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
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Filed under: 2013 • Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey • Virginia
Bill Clinton to hit the Virginia campaign trail for McAuliffe
October 20th, 2013
11:59 AM ET
11 months ago

Bill Clinton to hit the Virginia campaign trail for McAuliffe

Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe next week, just days before the November 5 election.

McAuliffe's team announced Sunday that the 42nd president will kick off a three-day tour with the Democratic nominee in Virginia on October 27.
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Filed under: 2013 • Bill Clinton • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
October 16th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
11 months ago

Shutdown key issue in special Senate election

(CNN) – New Jersey voters head to the polls on Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election that's become a proxy fight over the federal government shutdown and the bitter partisan battle in the nation's capital over the rollout of the national health care law.

Wednesday's election between two-term Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan will also result in a slight shift in the current balance of power in the Senate.

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Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Senate • Steve Lonegan
Poll: Shutdown affecting race for Virginia governor
October 15th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Shutdown affecting race for Virginia governor

(CNN) - With three weeks to go until Election Day in Virginia, a new poll indicates Democrat Terry McAuliffe holding a single digit advantage over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the battle for governor.

And the survey, by the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, also suggests that the partial government shutdown is hurting Cuccinelli more than McAuliffe. Virginia is home to a large number of federal government and defense industry workers, many of whom have been impacted by the two-week long shutdown.
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Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Polls • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
October 15th, 2013
08:26 AM ET
11 months ago

Polls: Booker leads on election eve

(CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan on the eve of a special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, according to the latest polls.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning indicates Booker, the Democratic nominee, is ahead of Lonegan 54%-40% among likely voters in the Garden State, with 5% unsure. Booker's 14-point lead over Lonegan is virtually unchanged from Quinnipiac's previous poll, which was released last week.
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Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Polls • Senate • Steve Lonegan
Booker's lead narrows in New Jersey Senate race
October 14th, 2013
08:50 AM ET
11 months ago

Booker's lead narrows in New Jersey Senate race

UPDATE 3:35 p.m. ET: A second poll released Monday indicates a much wider gap in the race, with Booker ahead by 22 points, 58%-36%.

(CNN) – The gap between Democratic nominee Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan is shrinking, but Booker still holds onto the lead in the New Jersey special Senate race, according to a poll released Monday, two days before Election Day.

The new Monmouth University survey indicates 52% of likely voters back Booker, while 42% support Lonegan, and four percent undecided.
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Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Polls • Senate • Steve Lonegan
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