Terry McAuliffe Wins Bitter Race for Governor (Reuters)

reuters Terry McAuliffe Wins Bitter Virginia Governor Race (Reuters, New York Daily News)

Democratic Party insider Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday by narrowly beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite who seized on the rocky launch of the U.S. healthcare program to try to keep the contest close.

State election board results showed McAuliffe, a Democratic fundraiser and close friend of former President Bill Clinton, had 48 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general, with almost all precincts reporting....

“All the things that could go wrong for the Republicans did go wrong. What was striking was how close it was with all the headwinds the Republicans had,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a pollster and political analyst at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

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