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McAuliffe beats out Cuccinelli for Va. governor's seat

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 6, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic Party, won the Virginia governor's seat Tuesday.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, defeated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican.

With 98.5 percent of the state's precincts reporting -- or 2,503 of 2,541 -- McAuliffe had 47.2 percent of the vote, or 1,000,322 votes. Cuccinelli had 45.75 percent, or 969,618 votes, according to the Virginia Board of Elections' website.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis captured 6.61 percent of the vote, or 140,164 votes.

Edison Media Research, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner by 10 p.m., according to The Washington Post.

McAuliffe was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election.

Cuccinelli was elected the state's top lawyer in 2009. He was the first attorney general to sue over President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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