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Old 01-23-2014, 10:59 PM
 
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The Virginia governor's was expected to be a blowout win for McAuliffe by double digits as numerous media outlets had been reporting for several months.

Cuccinelli managed to close the gap dramatically thanks to two items which will haunt the Democrats this fall and in 2016, the disastrous launch of the healthcare.gov website, a blistering damnation of the top-to-bottom incompetence of this administration as well as the nonstop stream of news reports detailing the totally unnecessary misery of the millions of folks who lost their healthcare, a number which will undoubtedly skyrocket this year right into the fall election season.

The fact that Cuccinelli lost by less than 3% despite being outspent by some $15,000,000 as he mentioned in his concession speech is unquestionably a referendum on ObamaCare and the Democrats in general, and the tight Senate race in Arkansas is bound to be duplicated in numerous other states in all parts of the country.

The Democrats have no choice but to defend ObamaCare, while simultaneously staying as far as possible from the man who signed that totally predictable disastrous bill into law, given his plunging popularity and job approval numbers.
Your entire post is untrue, Cuccinelli's campaign might have been outspent, but last time i checked, Republicans superpacs were not supporting Governor McAuliffe with their money.

And there was no expectation of a blow out by anyone

RealClearPolitics - Election 2013 - Virginia Governor - Cuccinelli vs. McAuliffe
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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The Virginia governor's was expected to be a blowout win for McAuliffe by double digits as numerous media outlets had been reporting for several months.

Cuccinelli managed to close the gap dramatically thanks to two items which will haunt the Democrats this fall and in 2016, the disastrous launch of the healthcare.gov website, a blistering damnation of the top-to-bottom incompetence of this administration as well as the nonstop stream of news reports detailing the totally unnecessary misery of the millions of folks who lost their healthcare, a number which will undoubtedly skyrocket this year right into the fall election season.

The fact that Cuccinelli lost by less than 3% despite being outspent by some $15,000,000 as he mentioned in his concession speech is unquestionably a referendum on ObamaCare and the Democrats in general, and the tight Senate race in Arkansas is bound to be duplicated in numerous other states in all parts of the country.

The Democrats have no choice but to defend ObamaCare, while simultaneously staying as far as possible from the man who signed that totally predictable disastrous bill into law, given his plunging popularity and job approval numbers.
Cuccinelli didn't lose by as big a margin because of ObamaCare? Puh-leez. Close only counts in horseshoes. It probably wasn't all that big a factor in the voting - According to the exit polls, only 27 percent of Virginia voters saw the health law as the top issue, and among them, only a bare plurality (49-45) supported Cuccinelli. Far more (45 percent) named the economy.

Morning Plum: Virginia race not a referendum on Obamacare, after all

Cuccinelli lost because of a number of factors:

1) his extreme views on social issues, such as abortion, marriage equality, climate change denial, and birtherism

2) Association with McDonnell - Cuccinelli also got favors from Star Scientific CEO - so he couldn't really use the sleaze factor to attack McAuliffe

3) Poor relations with other key VA Republicans, such as Bill Bolling - they weren't all that crazy to go campaign for him.

4) Demographic changes - NoVA and other Democratic leaning regions/area has grown in population a great deal so that was a factor. Not to mention increases in the minority community as well.
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