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McAuliffe elected next governor of Virginia

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Terry McAuliffe (D) Terry McAuliffe (D)
Ken Cuccinelli (R) Ken Cuccinelli (R)

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) -- Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia's next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after pledging to expand the state's Medicaid rolls and portraying his rival as someone who would turn back years of progress.

Turnout for Tuesday's election was low, and both candidates worked through Election Day to reach as many potential voters as possible.

McAuliffe, who once led the Democratic National Committee and is a confidant of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, said he would expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for 400,000 people under the federal health care law. By contrast, Cuccinelli, the current attorney general, vehemently opposed the law and was the first to challenge it in court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Turnout was expected to be low as the acrimonious campaign for Virginia governor nears its end.

Both Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have mustered their campaign organizations to find every last supporter in Tuesday's election. Ahead in the polls, the 56-year-old McAuliffe seeks to avoid an eleventh-hour error in the race against the 45-year-old Cuccinelli.

The campaign's negative tilt has turned many voters off. Strategists in both parties predict the outcome could be decided by just a few thousand votes.

Both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli have gotten help from some big names. Bill and Hillary Clinton have campaigned for McAuliffe; Cuccinelli has gotten help from high-profile backers including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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