Republicans Say Virginia Governor’s Race Close Because of Obamacare

Cuccinelli came in a close second to McAuliffe because many Virginia voters don’t like the new health law, according to GOP.

FAIRFAX, VA - OCTOBER 28: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, thanks supporters after speaking at a 'Get out the Vote' rally October 28, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia. Cuccinelli is running against Democratic candidate Terry McAullife in a very close race.
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 6, 2013, 2:14 a.m.

It was a closer race than many ex­pec­ted for Demo­crat­ic Gov.-elect Terry McAul­iffe in Vir­gin­ia.

Re­pub­lic­an gubernat­ori­al can­did­ate Ken Cuc­cinelli, a tea-party fa­vor­ite, lagged in the polls and was out­spent by McAul­iffe. who cam­paigned with both Obama and the Clin­tons. 

But the race wasn’t called un­til late Tues­day, when McAul­iffe won by a sur­pris­ingly nar­row mar­gin. Exit polls showed a ma­jor­ity of voters didn’t like the Af­ford­able Care Act, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports.

In the days lead­ing up to the elec­tion, Cuc­cinelli had tried to spin his cam­paign as a ref­er­en­dum on Obama­care, Fox News re­ports. And in his con­ces­sion speech, he cited voters’ dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Obama­care as the reas­on for a close race.