Candidates and Campaigns

First Debate for Candidates for Governor

Jul 22, 2013

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are close in the latest polls. But the two major party candidates for Virginia Governor are far apart on almost all the issues. 

In their first debate, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, the two men set the tone for what is likely to be a tough, hard campaign. 

The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election.  Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November.  The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.

Painting themselves as the "mainstream ticket," the Democratic nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General say Virginians have a clear contrast between them and the Republican nominees, which the Democrats have dubbed “the Tea Party ticket.” And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, as a show of solidarity, the defeated primary candidates announced that they’re now committing themselves to getting their former opponents elected. 

Democrats in Virginia hold a primary election Tuesday, and while they’ve already agreed to put Terry McAuliffe at the top of their ticket, this could be a year when other candidates - the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General - are key to the party’s success.


 

Democrats in Running for AG Office

Jun 5, 2013

With only a week left before the statewide Democratic primary, many Virginia voters are now taking a closer look at the candidates. 

The two Democrats vying for Attorney General both want to make sure that the office is not politicized, protect reproductive rights, and help implement the federal Affordable Care Act in the Commonwealth.

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