RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both candidates in Virginia's governor's race have been looking to get supporters to the polls today, in a race that both sides say could be decided by just a few thousand votes. Turnout is expected to be low, with many voters turned off by negative campaigning from both sides.
The campaign has shaped up as a barometer of the moods of the voters -- and a test of whether a swing-vote state like Virginia could elect a tea-party-style governor -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli (koo-chih-NEHL'-ee).
He's competing against Terry McAuliffe (mih-KAWL'-ihf), a former Democratic Party chairman who brought Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton into the state to campaign for him in the final weeks.
Cuccinelli is pinning his hopes on voter frustrations with the health care law. He has tried to make the election into a referendum on the law, which McAuliffe supports.
One Republican who said he voted for Cuccinelli today said, "We just need less government, more conservative candidates." But others found Cuccinelli to be too extreme on issues including abortion and climate change. One man who described himself as a staunch Republican, but who was voting for McAuliffe, denounced Cuccinelli's legal fight with a climate scientist over global warming.
204-a-14-(Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, R-Va., candidate for governor, at campaign stop)-"how things go"-Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli says he was pleased with the turnout at his polling place Tuesday morning. (5 Nov 2013)
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205-a-11-(Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, R-Va., candidate for governor, at campaign stop)-"including my own"-Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli says he's optimistic about the election and the turnout he's seen at several polling places. (5 Nov 2013)
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175-a-07-(Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for governor, at a commuter rail station)-"is so important"-Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is urging people to come out and vote at a commuter rail station in Fairfax, Virginia. (5 Nov 2013)
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177-r-16-(Sound of Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, greeting commuters at a rail station in Fairfax, Virginia.)--Sound of Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe greeting commuters at a rail station in Fairfax, Virginia. (5 Nov 2013)
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APPHOTO VARIT101: Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe greets campaign workers, from left, Rose Roberson, Johnetta Seward and Gloria Barnes at a Chesterfield County, Va., campaign field office, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mark Gormus) (5 Nov 2013)
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APPHOTO VACO101: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, votes at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Cuccinelli faces Democrat Terry McAuliffe in today's election.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (5 Nov 2013)
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