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Complete Results for Virginia Election 2013, Governor Race: We Have a Winner

See running vote totals for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, live, as they come in. More totals for lieutenant governor and attorney general races.

From left, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Tim Kaine. (Patch photo by Jason Spencer.)
From left, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Tim Kaine. (Patch photo by Jason Spencer.)

By Todd Richissin

Virginia voters narrowly elected Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor Tuesday, slapping down the tea party wing of the Republican Party and the candidate it practically hand-picked, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

The election marked the first time since 1977 that Virginia voters went with the gubernatorial candidate from the same party as the president occupying the White House.

After Democrat Ralph S. Northam, a state senator and physician, handily defeated Republican E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, Democrats were hoping for a clean sweep of the three statewide offices up for grabs.

But late Tuesday night, Republican Mark Obenshain held a slim, 12,546-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring, according to unofficial results from the State Board of Election. Twenty precincts had yet to report.


For the big prize, though, with President Obama living just across the river from the Democrat's victory celebration, voters gave the governor's race to the ultimate party insider, chum of Bill and Hillary Clinton and prolific fundraiser before, during and after serving as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“What a great night, everybody!” McAuliffe told supporters inside a Tysons Corner ballroom. He pledged to work with Republicans, Libertarians and Democrats alike before adding, “I understand emotions are raw—I get it. I will be governor of all Virginians.”

Virginia, once reliably conservative-red, has become increasingly purple over the years, and voters lurched deeper toward the blue Tuesday, apparently showing their displeasure with the direction the GOP has taken in the state and nationally.

With 99 percent of the vote in, McAuliffe had 47.5 percent of the vote, Cuccinelli 45.9. Libertarian Robert Sarvis had 6.6. In the raw vote, McAuliffe had 1,027,453; Cuccinelli 991,562; and Sarvis 142,818.

“I’m very disappointed,” Cuccinelli told supporters assembled in a hotel ballroom in Richmond, according to The Washington Post, adding that he was also “immensely proud of the campaign we ran.”

Virginia was Ground Zero for the October government shutdown, with tens of thousands of workers furloughed and polls showing the GOP overwhelmingly getting the blame.

Cuccinelli, though, trailing in most polls, campaigned with tea party leaders and generals who orchestrated the shutown.

Social issues, too, factored in, with MSNBC exit polling showing McAuliffe taking the women’s vote by more than 16 percent.

"When our team wins, it's going to be a clear repudiation of tea party politics," state Sen. Barbara Favola said from the McAuliffe victory party before final votes were counted. "Voters were very clear they were opposed to the shutdown."

Cuccinelli and his running mate for the lieutenant governor’s office, Jackson, are hard-core anti-abortion foes, and each has opposed gay rights in the state with razor-sharp rhetoric from their offices, the pulpit and on the stump.

Precincts reported steady traffic, but not overwhelming, with long lines moving quickly in most polling places.
 
Loudoun County reported computer glitches early in the morning, causing some delays, but the problems seemed to be ironed out with a couple of hours.

"All the campaigns seem to be behaving themselves so far," said Ulo Pulles, chief of the Herndon Community Center polling place. "At least compared to the 2012 presidential election." 

The Election Day lunch hour was busy at Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas City's largest voting precinct. 

A steady stream of cars moved in and out of the full lot, where parking spaces were hard to come by. Veteran assistant precinct chief Roy Ethington said Jennie Dean historically reports the highest voter turnout in the city. By 1 pm, more than 1,072 of the 5,172 registered at the precinct had voted.

The gubernatorial race was a high-dollar, low-road campaign by both candidates, with far more attack advertisements muddying the airwaves than any specific plans for addressing the economic and transportation needs of Virginia.

McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, pulled in a long list of high-profile surrogates including Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Obama. And he pulled from a long history of big-money contacts, vastly outspending Cuccinelli, including 10-1 on television advertisements in the past week.

Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, is a Tea Party favorite whose association with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky did nothing to combat McAuliffe’s constant portrayal of Cuccinelli as an obstructionist who would impose anti-abortion and anti-science views on the rest of the state.

Nor was Cuccinelli helped by the current governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, relegated to the sidelines as he wages his own campaign against corruption allegations.

Vienna moms Lisa Calhoun and Kathy Brown came out to vote today because it could matter, they said. Cuccinelli just seems a little too far to the right," said Calhoun.

"I have doubts about the controversies surrounding him," Brown said. The two stopped to discuss the issues with children and dog Maggie in tow just outside the Vienna Community Center, where a steady stream of voters were heading inside to vote Tuesday afternoon.

One voter posted on Ashburn Patch's Facebook page that it took 30 minutes to vote in Loudoun County and she was only the 14th person in line.

"... the computer database had already been down twice and they don't have paper ledgers so you either wait, come back or vote provisional," Carla Scarlett Berman wrote. "It might be a LONG day at the polls."

Loudoun Registrar Judy Brown said there were some problems, but only in limited precincts, and nothing that will impact voting in Loudoun.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis put in a strong showing, heading into Election Day gaining about 8 percent in most polls.



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Helen Rogers November 05, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Nothing like a biased report
Locally Involved November 05, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Helen - what's biased about it? Please provide what your perception of bias is. Very interested.
joe schillong November 05, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Involved - let's see, expensive campaign but still1 out spends the other 1o to play1 so who made it expensive? Let's interview 2 voters at "random" who just happen to be afraid of 1 candidate. The candidate associating with a2 elected senators support him as an obstructionist. The margin of victory was less than 3 percent, what happened to last week's double digits? The margin3rd candidate got over 6 percent of the vote and is more conservative. The vote3rd candidate was inthe race thanks to democratis funds that got him on the ballot . The diem fund raiser is a minority (<50%) governor
Penny Eastman November 05, 2013 at 11:07 PM
The biggest news of all is that after all the hoopla about how McAuliffe was going to win big, he barely won. I guess Virginians finally woke up to McAuliffe's tired messages .. Too bad it was a too late. The line of Virginia Governors has been impressive .. Now we have a fundraiser .. Maybe some real policy will creep into his agenda.
Locally Involved November 06, 2013 at 08:48 AM
I'm reading a lot of sour grapes here. Again, for yet another election, Precinct 301 here in McLean has given the win to ALL democrats. As to the money in this game, Koch gave monstrous amounts to Cooch and the GOP candidates. VERY telling is that while the GOP gave $9 million to McDonnell when he ran, this time the GOP gave only $3 million to Cooch. If you want to blame anyone, blame the GOP party for wanting to defeat their tea party faction which has caused that party such angst. Bottom line: Everyone (except of course, a few vocal hold outs aka like on this board) really believe this far right has any place in civil discourse. Comstock won by only 50.6% - that same 'slim margin as McAuliffe. The big takeaway is that in a state that has been so deep red for so long - the tide has turned. The Democrat candidates are edging out for the win and the GOP teapubs are barely keeping a winning edge. Tipping point. Make no mistake, we are purple state, finally. But then, I suspect these voices that insist a recount giving GWB a "mandate' and 54% is "barely" a win for Obama and believe the polls lie and Romney really won - will never ever get it. As they grasp desperately to the past and echoes that reinforce the story in their own heads. On the upside, Yeah! Expanded medicare in VA and a state health exchange! Good news for all Virginians!
Catherine November 06, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Expanding Medicare in VA is NOT good news. Our schools are already broke in NOVA. $140 in the tank. You actually think an expansion of this government program isn't going to bankrupt the rest of our sectors in VA? You are out of your mind Locally Involved.
Catherine November 06, 2013 at 10:43 AM
$140 million in the tank.
Locally Involved November 06, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Sour grapes. Can't count, don't get it, clueless. No mind - All Virginians won, even you Catherine! So, keep it classy.
PJ Buckley November 07, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Keep it classy?? This from a Murphy voter?? Now THAT'S funny! Still ashamed to use your real name?
Locally Involved November 09, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Now, here's yet another desperate move to invalidate votes http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/09/virginia-attorney-general-race_n_4247571.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 Republicans Just Changed The Rules AFTER A Virginia Election To Change The Outcome 3,200 voters will have to come forward to have their votes counted. First voter purge within 4 weeks of the election, gerrymandering to assure despite the popular vote, only red districts have a say. Now this. Get the word out. Now, of course, this affects libertarian, GOP and dems.
Locally Involved November 10, 2013 at 09:46 AM
When glitches happen in the GOP's favor, they're considered features.. not bugs. If you cast a Provisional Ballot (green envelope), you need to follow up IN PERSON to see that your vote is counted! Deadline is Monday, Nov. 11 at 5pm. The State Board of Elections has decided that provisional voters must appear in person to defend their ballots, even if the voter specifically authorized a representative to act for them. Call the voter information hotline NOW at 1-855-910-VOTE (8683). More information here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2013/electoral-board-statement-election-nov-9-2013.htm. Several close races hang in the balance!

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