Complete Results for Virginia Election 2013, Governor Race: We Have a Winner

See totals for Virginia's governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Sen. Mark Warner, Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine at the Democratic victory party in Tysons Corner Tuesday night. (Photo: Jason Spencer/Patch)
Sen. Mark Warner, Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine at the Democratic victory party in Tysons Corner Tuesday night. (Photo: Jason Spencer/Patch)

By Todd Richissin

Virginia voters narrowly elected Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor Tuesday, slapping down the tea party wing of the Republican Party and the candidate it practically hand-picked, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

The election marked the first time since 1977 that Virginia voters went with the gubernatorial candidate from the same party as the president occupying the White House.

After Democrat Ralph S. Northam, a state senator and physician, handily defeated Republican E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, Democrats were hoping for a clean sweep of the three statewide offices up for grabs.

But late Tuesday night, Republican Mark Obenshain held a slim, 12,546-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring, according to unofficial results from the State Board of Election. Twenty precincts had yet to report.

For the big prize, though, with President Obama living just across the river from the Democrat's victory celebration, voters gave the governor's race to the ultimate party insider, chum of Bill and Hillary Clinton and prolific fundraiser before, during and after serving as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“What a great night, everybody!” McAuliffe told supporters inside a Tysons Corner ballroom. He pledged to work with Republicans, Libertarians and Democrats alike before adding, “I understand emotions are raw—I get it. I will be governor of all Virginians.”

Virginia, once reliably conservative-red, has become increasingly purple over the years, and voters lurched deeper toward the blue Tuesday, apparently showing their displeasure with the direction the GOP has taken in the state and nationally.

With 99 percent of the vote in, McAuliffe had 47.5 percent of the vote, Cuccinelli 45.9. Libertarian Robert Sarvis had 6.6. In the raw vote, McAuliffe had 1,027,453; Cuccinelli 991,562; and Sarvis 142,818.

“I’m very disappointed,” Cuccinelli told supporters assembled in a hotel ballroom in Richmond, according to The Washington Post, adding that he was also “immensely proud of the campaign we ran.”

Virginia was Ground Zero for the October government shutdown, with tens of thousands of workers furloughed and polls showing the GOP overwhelmingly getting the blame.

Cuccinelli, though, trailing in most polls, campaigned with tea party leaders and generals who orchestrated the shutown.

Social issues, too, factored in, with MSNBC exit polling showing McAuliffe taking the women’s vote by more than 16 percent.

"When our team wins, it's going to be a clear repudiation of tea party politics," state Sen. Barbara Favola said from the McAuliffe victory party before final votes were counted. "Voters were very clear they were opposed to the shutdown."

Cuccinelli and his running mate for the lieutenant governor’s office, Jackson, are hard-core anti-abortion foes, and each has opposed gay rights in the state with razor-sharp rhetoric from their offices, the pulpit and on the stump.

Precincts reported steady traffic, but not overwhelming, with long lines moving quickly in most polling places.
Loudoun County reported computer glitches early in the morning, causing some delays, but the problems seemed to be ironed out with a couple of hours.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, Republican E.W. Jackson is up against Democrat Ralph Northam, and the attorney general’s race was between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain.

"All the campaigns seem to be behaving themselves so far," said Ulo Pulles, chief of the Herndon Community Center polling place. "At least compared to the 2012 presidential election." 

The Election Day lunch hour was busy at Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas City's largest voting precinct. 

A steady stream of cars moved in and out of the full lot, where parking spaces were hard to come by. Veteran assistant precinct chief Roy Ethington said Jennie Dean historically reports the highest voter turnout in the city. By 1 pm, more than 1,072 of the 5,172 registered at the precinct had voted.

The gubernatorial race was a high-dollar, low-road campaign by both candidates, with far more attack advertisements muddying the airwaves than any specific plans for addressing the economic and transportation needs of Virginia.

McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, pulled in a long list of high-profile surrogates including Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Obama. And he pulled from a long history of big-money contacts, vastly outspending Cuccinelli, including 10-1 on television advertisements in the past week.

Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, is a Tea Party favorite whose association with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky did nothing to combat McAuliffe’s constant portrayal of Cuccinelli as an obstructionist who would impose anti-abortion and anti-science views on the rest of the state.

Nor was Cuccinelli helped by the current governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, relegated to the sidelines as he wages his own campaign against corruption allegations.

Vienna moms Lisa Calhoun and Kathy Brown came out to vote today because it could matter, they said. Cuccinelli just seems a little too far to the right," said Calhoun.

"I have doubts about the controversies surrounding him," Brown said. The two stopped to discuss the issues with children and dog Maggie in tow just outside the Vienna Community Center, where a steady stream of voters were heading inside to vote Tuesday afternoon.

One voter posted on Ashburn Patch's Facebook page that it took 30 minutes to vote in Loudoun County and she was only the 14th person in line.

"... the computer database had already been down twice and they don't have paper ledgers so you either wait, come back or vote provisional," Carla Scarlett Berman wrote. "It might be a LONG day at the polls."

Loudoun Registrar Judy Brown said there were some problems, but only in limited precincts, and nothing that will impact voting in Loudoun.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis put in a strong showing, heading into Election Day gaining about 8 percent in most polls.

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Barbara Glakas December 30, 2013 at 05:08 PM
GC, Interesting how you characterize all illegals as being Hispanic. Also interesting how you characterize all (or 95%) of the Hispanic road workers as being illegal. A little stereotyping going on here, I believe. Call my views “unfounded” if you want, but in my opinion, “Hispanic” does not equal “Illegal.” Maybe you would consider getting behind immigration reform.
Carolo December 30, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Good heavens. And here we have GC still crying about the elections almost 2 months later? Unreal.
GC December 30, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Barbara, I have no idea how you concluded from my previous posting that I said all Illegal or 95% of them were Hispanic. You need to reread my posting again. I said that 90 to 95% of the jobs such as, state and federal government road work project workers are Hispanic. I'm sorry but "I calls them as I sees them" But I can tell you that the majority of Illegals and Visa workers coming into this country now are Hispanic and Asian. And I can also tell you that 90 to 95% of the workers being hired to do construction, roofing, landscaping, cable laying, state and federal road work project workers, appliance installers etc. etc. etc. are Illegal Hispanics or Hispanic Visa worker while legal American residents can't find work. Go take a look at any of these jobsites any day of the week and draw your own conclusions. I just had Sears send 4 Hispanics installers to my home last month to install a new kitchen ventilation system and only one of them could speak any English, so I called Sears and let them have it and they sent another crew of non Hispanic installers the following week that could communicate with me. I also had a new roof put on my home last year and had pretty much the same situation and had to deal with this situation three times before finding a roofing company that had non Hispanic workers that could speak English and communicate with me. We also watched everyday for over 3 years here in Spotsylvania County at the Rt. 3 Stimulus Road Work Project was being done by a crew of 85 to 90 percent Hispanic workers while countless legal US citizens and county residents can't find work and many for over a year or more and are loosing their homes and now their unemployment benefits while these Illegal or Visa workers are gainfully employed and it's hard to watch and stomach. As I mentioned before, I have family members that have been doing this same type of work for 15 to 20 years and can't get hired or find work now for almost 2 years or more because these employers are getting rich using these Illegal and Visa workers who can afford to work at ridiculously low wages because they are living in over crowded boarding homes all over Spotsylvania County( which is another whole box of worms and problems) and allows the employers that hire them to undercut other contractors that are following the law and hiring according to the rules and regulations of the state and federal government. And all the while our county state and federal governments look the other way and allows these unlawful practices to continue and refuses to follow it's own laws and work regulations. It's Common Sense that you take care of your own first. We have Boarding homes all over our county now filed with Hispanic workers who are all gainfully employed and have new ones arriving every week and within a month or so they all have jobs and shortly there after new or used cars while legal US citizens can't find any work for years. So if this is what you call "stereotyping" then I guess I'm guilty as charged.
GC December 30, 2013 at 08:38 PM
And to answer your question about supporting Immigration Reform that is all but laughable when we already have plenty of Immigration Laws that would be very effective if they were enforced but are being ignored and never put to use because they don't get the politicians the minority votes. It's really very simple. You secure our Borders, enforce the E-verify System to stop Illegals from working and then use a common sense approach to stopping their Anchor Babies from being automatic American citizens that US taxpayers have to feed and educate by implementing laws that only make a child an American Citizen if one of the parents is a Legal Citizen. This takes away the incentive to come here and have children in the first place just as enforcing the E-Verify System would do by taking away their ability to take jobs for suffering Legal Americans citizens that can't find work. We have Hispanic Boarding home all over our neighborhood and have for years with 6 or 8 Illegal or Visa worker Hispanic men living in the home and the same or more Illegal Hispanic women at any given time that are either pregnant when they arrive here or become pregnant shortly after getting established in these "breeding homes". and use our taxpayers dollars to support them. We also have homes that were purchased by Illegals or Visa Workers and if you will find that almost always the home deeds never have the man and woman having the same last name and that's clearly for a reason. We've even watched Hispanic family members arrive in taxis from Dulles Airport pregnant that come here to stay in these homes during the last portion of their pregnancy to have an American Baby and then receive Social Services for these Anchor Babies for a while then leave and go back to their own country with a child that is an American citizen and after never having paid a dime for any hospital or medical costs. We watch all the time at these same Boarding homes being pandered too by the Spotsylvania County Social Services that supply these Illegal mothers with services for their Anchor Babies and in many cases provide translators that come to these homes rather than them having to go to the local Social Services offices. We watch them receive ANGEL RIDES and CARE VAN services when there are 8 and 10 new or used vehicles at the homes when these services were meant for those who have no means of transportation. But they get away with this because they never take the babies fathers last name. These individuals use our taxpayers services to supplement their way of life and save their gas and wear and tear on their vehicles when many Americans can barely afford one vehicle. It's sickening to watch but it's common place here and has been for years. If you can afford 8 or 10 cars and the cost of maintaining these vehicles and insurances on these vehicles then you shouldn't qualify for Social Services. These Illegal and Visa workers learn and know how to manipulate our laws before they ever arrive and plan this from the beginning and work on the basis of sympathy for their anchor babies or the children brought here with them as being innocent of their crimes and that's the plan from the start. You can tell because it's a pretty systematic way of life that their neighbors, like myself and other residents, learn about over time by watching them in action and working the system for their advantage at the expense of every legal American taxpayer. And there no one to blame but our worthless Government that caters to them for votes. So if you think Immigration Reform is anything but a bunch of BS then you are sadly mistaken as you are in your previous comments. The main problem with this country now is the lack of good old COMMON SENSE and a government that is based on Political Correctness, which has put this once great nation in the economic shape it's in today.
GC December 30, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Carolo, Unreal for WHO? It's pretty obvious which side of the fence you're on. Not to mention I could care less what you think. It's more than clear that you don't give a dam- about this country or Virginia.


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