Democrat Terry McAuliffe has broken a streak of nine straight elections in which the party occupying the White House lost the Virginia governor’s race. McAuliffe squeaked past Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percent of the vote, a much lower showing than most polls had predicted going into yesterday’s election.
Election Day 2013 is over, but the buzz surrounding several races continues today.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeats Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become Virginia's 72nd Governor. Many were surprised at just how close the numbers were, since pollsters predicted a runaway defeat by McAuliffe. As of this morning, McAuliffe led by 48 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli's 45.5 percent.
A week after a Quinnipiac poll had Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a seven-point lead over his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, the poll now says McAuliffe's lead has dwindled by three points.
Some other polls suggest that the Democrat still has a significant lead over the Republican-with additional surveys saying that his lead is growing. But one veteran political expert says the variation has a lot to do with who comes out to vote on election day.