Nov. 6 - Terry McAuliffe beats a conservative Republican popular with the Tea Party movement in the bid for the Virginia governorship. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia, largely with the support of the heavily populated Washington suburbs that were hard hit by last month's partial shutdown of the federal government. McAuliffe's campaign had held up rival Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general, as a symbol of the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, seen by many voters as responsible for the shutdown, which economists said took a $24 billion bite out of the U.S. economy. Cuccinelli's loss was a setback for the Tea Party movement, which swept a wave of right-wing lawmakers into Congress in 2010 and has been seeking to extend its legislative influence in next year's congressional elections. The close race reflected the political split in Virginia, which President Barack Obama won in both his presidential races, but that elected a Republican governor four years ago. Cuccinelli, a social conservative, carried the state's more rural southern and western districts.