A late fo­cus on the is­sue al­most car­ried Cuc­cinelli to vic­tory

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY DAVE BOYER AND STEPHEN DINAN

Democrats spent heav­ily to win Vir­ginia’s gover­nor­ship, but Repub­li­cans said Wed­nes­day that the closer-than-ex­pected loss by state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken­neth T. Cuc­cinelli II pro­vided a clear demon­stra­tion of how they can ex­ploit the un­pop­u­lar­ity of Oba­macare next year to win the con­gres­sional midterm elec­tions.

Al­though Oba­macare’s dis­as­trous roll­out dom­i­nated news cy­cles for much of Oc­to­ber, Mr. Cuc­cinelli didn’t cam­paign hard on the is­sue un­til the fi­nal days of his race against Demo­crat Terry McAuliffe. Some an­a­lysts credited the be­lated tac­tic with help­ing Mr. Cuc­cinelli close what had been a dou­ble-digit gap in two re­cent polls to a fi­nal loss of just 2.5 per­cent­age points, de­spite be­ing out­spent by the Demo­crat

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