Democrat Terry McAuliffe wins the governor’s mansion
Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the seat for Virginia governor, garnering 1,027,517 votes to Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s 981,124 and Libertarian Robert Sarvis’ 142,062.
In Caroline County, the unofficial returns showed McAuliffe with 3,670 votes, Cuccinelli with 3,209 and Sarvis with 545. McAuliffe won by wide margins in the Dawn precinct, as well as Carmel Church and Mattaponi. Cuccinelli got the most votes in Bowling Green, Sparta, Madison and the Lake precincts.
This was McAuliffe’s second bid for the governorship in Virginia. McAuliffe ran for the office in 2009.
McAuliffe supports women’s rights and healthcare. “I strongly believe that women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from Washington or Richmond,” he said.
Efficient transportation, and energy jobs were priority areas in McAuliffe’s campaign. “To be the best place for business, we have to focus on making the Commonwealth the best in efficient government, the best in education and the best in transportation,” he said, according to his website.
Veterans are also a concern of McAuliffe’s campaign. “It is absolutely unacceptable that veterans’ unemployment is higher than that of the general public nationally,” he said. “We need to do more as a state to ensure that career training like interview skills and resume assistance is available to our veterans.”
McAuliffe’s website states that the Constitution obligates the Governor and the General Assembly to act as responsible stewards of Virginia’s environment. He promised that if elected, he would “act in a responsible, bipartisan way to protect the Commonwealth’s precious resources for future generations of Virginians.”
Cuccinelli is a partner in the Fairfax law firm of Cuccinelli & Day, PLLC. Before becoming attorney general, he had been a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate since 2002, representing District 37.
Cuccinelli’s campaign promised job growth, stating, “The best way to recover from a recession is to establish pro-growth policies that will provide incentives for the creation of new small businesses, expand midsize businesses, and help corporations create more jobs.”
Another theme highlighted in his campaign was transportation. Cuccinelli believes that Virginia needs “a good transportation system that will allow businesses to quickly and reliably ship their products,” he also believes that it will also “maintain our quality of life by providing folks the opportunity to spend more time with their families and less time sitting in traffic.”
Cuccinelli’s campaign website states that he is in favor of cutting taxes, “It is time to reform our tax system,” he said, “and make it easier for Virginia’s citizens to save their own money and encourage entrepreneurs to invest in their own businesses.”
Cuccinelli says he is a strong supporter of traditional “family values.” He is against abortion and same sex marriages.
Sarvis supports the legalization of marijuana based on the concepts of respecting people’s freedom and autonomy; restoring civil liberties; protecting private citizens and law enforcement officers; supporting individuals, families, and communities in need; establishing justice; and saving money.
“I propose legalizing marijuana in Virginia, decriminalizing harder drugs, and adopting a rational, evidence-based regulatory policy, “ he said.
Sarvis does not support hospital regulations which requires otherwise legal abortion clinics, to be regulated as hospitals, stating that this is “simply an attempt to regulate abortion clinics out of existence.”
According to his website, Sarvis supports gun rights and the Second Amendment.
He is not an avid supporter of the death penalty. He supports same-sex marriage, stating, “I want to lead the fight now—in this election—to recognize same-sex marriages in Virginia.”