McAuliffe elected governor of Virginia
TYSONS CORNER, Virginia (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia’s next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after portraying his rival as a hardcore conservative tea party favorite who would turn back years of progress.
Turnout for Tuesday’s election was low, and both candidates worked through Election Day to reach as many potential voters as possible.
McAuliffe, who once led the Democratic National Committee and is a confidant of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, said he supported expanding health care coverage for 400,000 lower-income Virginians under the new federal health care law. By contrast, Cuccinelli, the current state attorney general, vehemently opposed the law and was the first to challenge it in court.