The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “McAuliffe (and) Cuccinelli seek votes in Va gov race” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/mcauliffe-cuccinelli-seek-votes-va-gov-race-091517926–election.html).
“The acrimonious (bitter) campaign for Virginia governor neared its end Tuesday, capping a race driven by NEGATIVE ADS, UNRELENTING ACCUSATIONS of DODGY BEHAVIOR and a deep rancor (bitterness) between rivals Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli”. McAuliffe is a BUSINESSMAN and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee between FEBRUARY 3 2001 and FEBRUARY 12 2005 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_McAuliffe) and current Virginia Attorney General (under BOB MCDONNELL) KEN CUCINELLI (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Cuccinelli).
“McAuliffe, a Democrat, voted before dawn and visited campaign offices to help sustain his lead in the polling. His Republican competitor, meanwhile, scheduled his own campaign visits as he HELD OUT HOPE (that) his conservative supporters would fuel a come-from-behind win“. The phrase “held out hope” suggests that the prospects of victory for Cucinelli are getting DIMMER.
“A third candidate, LIBERTARIAN Robert Sarvis, also was on the ballot”. “Libertarian” of course is another name for the HATED TEA PARTY. “He drew support from about 1 in 6 independent voters, according to the exit polls”.
“Turnout was EXPECTED TO BE LOW — 40 percent was the figure both sides were using — and both candidates mustered their campaign organizations to find every last supporter. The campaign’s negative tilt TURNED MANY VOTERS OFF and strategists in both parties predicted (that) the outcome could be decided by just a FEW THOUSAND votes” which is a small proportion of just over 8 MILLION (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia).
“The state Board of Elections said the number of voters submitting absentee ballots was UP by one-third over 2009″, suggesting Democrats’ efforts to bank votes early had paid dividends”.
“The campaign’s negative tilt turned many voters off. McAuliffe enjoyed a 10-to-1 advertising advantage over Cuccinelli during the final days”. “The campaign’s negative tilt turned many voters off” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Ellen Tolton, “a 52-year-old grant writer”, “I really HATED the negative campaigning” again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “I DIDN’T WANT TO VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM“.
“Richard Powell, a 60-year-old retired IT manager who lives in Norfolk, described himself as an independent who frequently votes for members of both parties. He said he cast his ballot for McAuliffe, although not because he’s particularly enthusiastic about him. He said he was more determined not to vote for Cuccinelli, who he said OVERREACHES on a variety of medical issues“. So now THE GOP is associated with “overreach?”
“Voters were barraged with a series of commercials that tied Cuccinelli to restricting abortions, and while Powell said the negative advertising “got to be SICKENING“, abortion rights played a factor in his vote”.
“I’m NOT in favor of abortion — let’s put it that way — but I find that restricting abortion causes FAR MORE SOCIAL HARM than allowing abortion, so that was an issue for me“.
The 45-year-old Cuccinelli went into Election Day trying to overcome A DEFICIT in the polls, A CRUSH OF NEGATIVE ADS and A LINGERING WARINESS among fellow Republicans about his conservative views. His day took him from his home in northern Virginia south toward Richmond, where he planned to watch the results with supporters”. “a deficit in the polls a crush of negative ads and a lingering wariness” about THE DIRECTION OF THE GOP is NOT a good combination.
“At a stop in Spotsylvania, he faced criticism for his position on ABORTION“, a ‘hot button’ social issue.
According to Connor Roberts, a 21-year-old MCAULIFFE supporter”, “I believe that it’s (abortion is) a woman’s CHOICE“. This should take us back to the late Sen. TED KENNEDY‘s 1994 re-election vs MITT ROMNEY where Kennedy said: “On the question of the choice issue, I have supported Roe v. Wade; I am PRO-choice; my opponent is MULTIPLE CHOICE” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-e0qKMaLoY).
“The UNFLINCHING (?) Cuccinelli responded: “We just have A FUNDAMENTAL DISAGREEMENT“. Cuccinelli seems to be FLAILING here. OK he has a “fundamental disagreement” with Connor Roberts but he doesn’t EXPLAIN/ELABORATE on his ideas.
“Cuccinelli PINNED HIS HOPES on voters’ FRUSTRATIONS with the federal health care law he attempted to foil. He tried to make the election into a referendum on the law, which McAuliffe supports”. Translation: “Cuccinelli pinned his hopes on” NEGATIVITY which many voters are SICK AND TIRED OF.
“The message was on point with voters like Carl Prendergast, 83, who, along with his wife, voted a STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN ticket”. This means that Pendergast and his wife cast their votes for TEA PARTY ANARCHY. “We just need LESS government (and) MORE CONSERVATIVE candidates“. Pendergast seems to have been BRAINWASHED by the Tea Party.
“Ahead in the polls, the 56-year-old McAuliffe sought to avoid an eleventh-hour error. On Tuesday morning, McAuliffe stopped by a campaign office to rally volunteers near Richmond. He urged them to knock on one more door and phone one more friend as the campaign neared its end. McAuliffe said that effort was needed to combat low turnout”. “This is THE GREATEST DEMOCRACY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WE WANT EVERYONE TO VOTE“.
Finally, “Cuccinelli also was urging people to vote”. “I hope that Virginians pay attention to SUBSTANCE. I hope the truth counts here. IF it does and IF the momentum keeps going the way it does, we’re going to come out on top here“. Unfortunately, “substance” for the GOP = which, again, many people are SICK & TIRED of.