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Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe in Virginia Governor's race

6:34 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- There is no shortage of apathy around Virginia's race for Governor. If people even know whose running, most are not excited.

In last night's final debate, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe  kept launching the attacks. 

"We've got to stop this attack on women, gay Virginians, cannot be putting up walls around Virginia," said McAuliffe. 

"Saying the word education, I like education.  I like puppies.  But I'm not going to get a puppy unless I know what my house is going to look like.  He's all puppy, and no plans," said Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe, who lost the democratic nomination for Governor four years ago, is now fortunate to have Tea Party favorite, conservative Ken Cuccinelli as his opponent says George Mason Political Policy Professor Mark Rozell. 

Rozell said that McAuliffe was very strong in the debate, touting the endorsements he's received from Republicans around the state. 

McAuliffe is ahead in the polls, and there would have to be a big upset for those polls to change. But on election day, it could be all about who gets their base support out. Rozell says seeing Cuccinelli turn his attention to his base, having Senator Ted Cruz stump for him, it could mean he's desperate to get his Tea Party base out big if he has any chance of winning.  

It is likely that many voters will stay home election day given the negative feelings they have about both candidates. In fact, voters who do go to the polls may do so to not vote for a candidate, but against the other one. 

Jane Jones told WUSA9 that she agrees with the person who said the choice was between either a "kook or a crook" and she plans to vote for the "kook."  

Erick Griffith hasn't decided yet but said, "I guess it's going to be the lesser of two evils...  lesser of two evils..there it is."

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