Virginia governor's race

Virginia Governor Race Is Within the 'Margie Margin'

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

Northam has a lead. Without any clear knowledge about what the electorate will look like on Tuesday, that’s still probably your best bet. But just keep in mind that this is well within the Margie margin, and pollster choices are probably the difference between the expressed result, a narrow Gillespie win, or a surprisingly comfortable Northam win.

Keeping Virginia Purple: Who Lost VA?

Betsy Woodruff, National Review Online

After the wrenching losses this year, Republicans are looking for unity in the Old Dominion.

Big Biz to TeaParty: Outta the Way

Lawrence Delevingne, CNBC

McAuliffe bested tea party-backed Cuccinelli partially because some conservative business donors wouldn't give to the GOP campaign—or even switched sides. The MSM says that biz people are fed up with the "activist wing of the GOP," a trend that'll have broad implications for 2014 midterms.

MSM Lies: TeaParty Did Back Cuccinelli

Mark Levin, MarkLevinShow.com

Time's latest liberal article wants you to believe that conservatives abandoned Ken Cuccinelli. Not true. Tea party activists donated not only their money but their time. The GOP leaders can plant all the stories it wants with its media friends. But it doesn't change the facts.

Billionaire Enviro vs. Cuccinelli

Alexander Burns and Andrew Restuccia, Politico

Tom Steyer is Virginia’s $8 million man. The CA billionaire spent nearly that much to make an example of Repub. Ken Cuccinelli for his arch-conservative views on the environment.

Bitter Bill Bolling is Sunk

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Virginia Free Citizen

Bill Bolling’s “mainstream” ways and allies helped progressive, big-gov't, scandal-ridden Dem. McAuliffe win here in Virginia. If Bolling sees himself as a political broker, his pariah status among conservatives will taint whomever he backs, and his partners in political sabotage will not escape consequences.

McAuliffe Aims to Protect Gays

Elliot Jager, Newsmax

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said that the first executive order he will sign when he takes office on Jan. 14 will be to protect state employees who are gays, lesbians and transgender people from job discrimination.

Libertarian PAC Denies Dem Plot

Brian Doherty, Reason.com

The exec. director of the Libertarian National Committee and founder of the Libertarian Booster PAC, responds to accusations that his PAC only supported Sarvis's campaign for governor of VA as a tool of moneyed Dem. interests, specifically donor Joe Liemandt.

GOP Donor Class Gave Us McAuliffe

Ben Domenech, The Federalist

Obamacare’s rollout made the difference.  And the Democrats up for re-election next year know it. If only the Repub. donor class had been in the game in Virginia all along, maybe they would’ve known it, too.

Lies About Cuccinelli's War on Predators

Scipio62, Red State

Dems twisted Cuccinelli's crusade to stop sexual predators who hurt kids into a huge lie.

Rush: GOP Feared TeaParty Would Get Credit

Jason Howerton, The Blaze

Limbaugh argued that McAuliffe used the Clinton model of running a 3-way race, with a ringer candidate (Sarvis) to siphon off votes from his opponent. "Dems enlisted a “fake Libertarian candidate” who was “paid for by an Obama bundler. More people voted against McAuliffe than voted for him,” Limbaugh explained.

A Prime Example of Why Conservatives Need to Takeover the GOP

You build a political movement from the bottom to the top and you sell conservative policy from your local jurisdictions right up to the White House. Expecting the top of the ticket to pull in the bottom of the ticket in some sort of coat tail effect is a perennial loser’s approach to politics that dooms the Northern Virginia GOP to failure.

Cuccinelli Wasn't Too Conservative

Matt Vespa, Red State

Did Ken Cuccinelli run a bad campaign in failing to fight hard for the issues that have worked in his favor? Did the shift away from the social issues allowe McAuliffe to run with them at will, and define Cuccinelli before he could do so himself?

OCare's Affect on VA Guv Race

Erika Johnsen, HotAir

Charles Krauthammer, speaking on the VA giv race, said, "Obamacare single handedly turned what should have been a landslide into a cliffhanger. Cuccinelli was behind by double digits after the shutdown...He decided to gamble it all in the last week attacking Obamacare. 

Shock? 30% of Pro-Lifers Voted Dem.

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart

An exit poll revealed that 30% of Viriginians who are pro-life voted for Terry McAuliffe. Of those polled, 13% who believe abortion should be “illegal in all cases” voted for McAuliffe.

More Married Women Voted Cuccinelli

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

Cuccinelli defeated McAuliffe among married women 51% to 42%, with Sarvis taking 7%. Cuccinelli also defeated McAuliffe among married men, 50% to 44%, with Sarvis taking 6%.

Cuccinelli: We Were On Our Own

Tony Lee, Breitbart

A campaign strategist for Repub. VA gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said that the national GOP abandoned the campaign in its final days. 

The Betrayal of Ken Cuccinelli

The betrayal of Ken Cuccinelli by the Republican establishment and many of Virginia’s nominally Republican business community leaders is reflective of the precedent the Republican establishment set in their treatment of Barry Goldwater. When an establishment Republican gains a nomination for office the Republican leadership demands that conservatives close ranks with establishment Republicans and support the nominee. However, when a conservative gains a nomination, establishment Republicans are, without consequence, free to criticize the nominee and to do everything they can to undercut the conservative’s campaign.

R's Did Better Than You Think

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

For all the hubbub about the damage to the GOP brand, their candidates held up fairly well Tuesday night. We continued to see drop-offs in Dem. performance using the '12 presidential elections as a benchmark. Several R's won competitive races in blue territory. 

Ex-Cantor CoS Turns on Repubs.

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

The ex-chief of staff for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Repub. Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s gubernatorial election race.