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Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe's Victory Speech: VIDEO


Terry McCauliffe beat homophobic Tea Party nutjob and attorney general Ken Cuccinelli last night in the Virginia Governor's race. McCauliffe won by less than 3 percentage points, a much smaller margin than was predicted.

Watch McAuliffe's victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT:

Mr. McAuliffe benefited from an electorate that was less white and less Republican than it was four years ago. He drew about as large a percentage of African-Americans as Mr. Obama did last year. Blacks accounted for one in five voters, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research. Mr. Cuccinelli’s strong anti-abortion views also brought out opponents, with 20 percent of voters naming abortion as their top issue; Mr. McAuliffe overwhelmingly won their support. The top issue for voters was the economy, cited by 45 percent in exit polls.

Politico's take on what happened:

Cuccinelli actually won independents by 9 percentage points, 47 percent to 38 percent, according to exit polls conducted for a group of media organizations. They made up about one-third of the electorate.

“Obamacare helped close the gap,” said Richmond-based strategist Chris Jankowski, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Even before Cuccinelli delivered his concession speech, the candidate’s close allies were beginning to blame outside groups for not helping out more.

McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million, and he used the cash advantage to pummel him on the airwaves. A lack of resources forced the Republican to go dark in the D.C. media market during the final two weeks. The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009 governor’s race.

Watch McAuliffe's victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. We have the GOP-sponsored government shutdown to thank for this victory, with Virginia being such a big civil service and military state. Otherwise the Cooch, who vehemently opposed Obamacare, would have pulled the race off easily after all the recent negative press relating to the disastrous ACA roll-out.

    Posted by: sparks | Nov 6, 2013 8:08:45 AM

  2. This race exemplifies a problem that progressives and progressive causes have faced the last decade: strong polling numbers, but narrow victories or losses on voting day. Polling is not turnout, and turnout is still better among the demographic groups that tend to lean Republican (whether from apathy or restrictive and inequitable voting requirements).

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 6, 2013 8:23:19 AM

  3. I am so glad the corrupt,lying manipulating, self serving dirt bag won, because the other choice was worst.

    I am sorry you had to choose between such terrible scumbags Virginia.

    Here in Florida we will have the same issue, in 2014, two terrible choices.

    Posted by: Tim S | Nov 6, 2013 9:00:22 AM

  4. Contrary to popular belief, I believe, in the end, the Libertarian candidate siphoned off more Democratic votes than Republican. The Republicans, sensing a tight race returned home to vote for Cooch. Democrats who can't stomach McAuliffe and some young, hipster liberals voted for the Libertarian. It's ridiculous to think that a pro-Choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-drug legalization pulled in more conservative votes than liberal.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 6, 2013 9:35:09 AM

  5. McAuliffe is spelled wrong twice in this post.

    A win is a win, narrow or otherwise. Virginia is a fan of narrow victories. Take a minute and look at the results of the AG race there. Out of 2.2 million votes, about 100 separate the two candidates who are polar opposites of one another politically speaking. This election was won by women. The government shutdown and ACA rollout impacted turnout I'm sure, but their views pushed many women to the D column.

    Posted by: FanzyPanz | Nov 6, 2013 10:42:36 AM

  6. McAullife probably would have won by an even bigger majority if it were not for the Obamacare fiasco of recent weeks. But a win is a win. Congratulations Governor McAullife!

    Posted by: Ben | Nov 6, 2013 3:49:08 PM

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