Green Groups Applaud McAuliffe Win in Virginia

NEW YORK - JUNE 03: Terry McAuliffe, campaign chairman for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, looks on as Clinton speaks to supporters at the final primary night party June 3, 2008 at Baruch College in New York City. The senator from New York spoke to supporters following the final presidential primaries in Montana and South Dakota. Clinton did not officially end her campaign, even though opponent Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has earned enough delegates to clinch the nomination. 
National Journal
Clare Foran
Nov. 6, 2013, 1:18 a.m.

After Demo­crat­ic Terry McAul­iffe de­feated Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Ken Cuc­cinelli at the polls Tues­day night to be­come the next gov­ernor in the state of Vir­gin­ia, green groups loudly ap­plauded the win.

The Si­erra Club pos­ted on Twit­ter: “In Vir­gin­ia, a cli­mate den­ier DENIED.” Jeff Gohringer, a spokes­man for the League of Con­ser­va­tion Voters tweeted: “Big win for the en­vir­on­ment­al com­munity as one of the most vo­cal #cli­mate change den­iers loses.”

Dur­ing the cam­paign, en­vir­on­ment­al groups sought to make cli­mate change one of the cent­ral is­sues of the race by con­sist­ently at­tack­ing Cuc­cinelli for his skep­ti­cism to­ward glob­al warm­ing.

In a press re­lease Tues­day, Si­erra Club ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or Mi­chael Brune signaled that the push to make cli­mate change a de­fin­ing cam­paign is­sue won’t end with the Vir­gin­ia gov­ernor’s race. 

“This vic­tory in Vir­gin­ia is round one,” Brune com­men­ted. “Over the next 12 months and bey­ond, the Si­erra Club’s 2.1 mil­lion mem­bers and sup­port­ers will build on this mo­mentum and fight to elect clean-en­ergy cham­pi­ons and hold cli­mate den­iers ac­count­able across the coun­try.”

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