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The Virginia gubernatorial election will be held on November 5, 2013 following a Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and a Republican statewide convention on May 17-18, 2013.

Incumbent Bob McDonnell (R) is term limited from running for re-election in 2013.

Race background

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) was ineligible to run for re-election in 2013 because of term limits. The term limits Virginia imposes on its governors are more strict than any other state in the country. Under the commonwealth's constitution, no governor may serve back-to-back terms. This means that McDonnell, unlike other governors in their first term, was ineligible to run for re-election.

There are no such term limits on the attorney general, and many were surprised at fomer AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) decision to run for governor, rather than seek another term. If not for Cuccinelli, outgoing Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would have been the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to succeed McDonnell.[1] Due to the decision by the Republican Party of Virginia to change their candidate nomination method from open primary election to closed nominating convention starting in 2013, and "tea party darling" Cuccinelli's presence in the race, Bolling withdrew his bid for the GOP nod in November 2012.[2][3] About the alternative of seeking re-election to his current post, Bolling stated that “Under normal circumstances, I would be open to the possibility of running for another term as lieutenant governor, but I would not be interested in running on a statewide ticket with Mr. Cuccinelli.”[4] He later said he regretted dropping out of the race as early as he did.[5]

McDonnell had previously pledged his support for Bolling's candidacy, in part because Bolling refrained from challenging McDonnell for governor in 2009. After Bolling bowed out, McDonnell chose to endorse fellow Republican Cuccinelli for his successor, despite Cuccinelli's outspoken opposition to McDonnell's Transportation Initiative, which was considered to be the centerpiece of his gubernatorial legacy. Ironically, Cuccinelli's future general election opponent, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, had been equally outspoken on the issue, but as an advocate and defender of the outgoing governor's approach to amending the state's transportation funding policy.[6][7][8]

In response to the major party picks, the Libertarian Party held a special convention and nominated Robert Sarvis as the party's official gubernatorial candidate.[9]

Like Cuccinelli and Sarvis, McAuliffe faced no primary opponent. Days from the election, McAuliffe held a comfortable polling and fundraising lead over Cuccinelli and Sarvis. Aggregated polling data had the Democratic nominee with an average edge of seven percentage points over Cuccinelli--an advantage that could have been attributed in large part to female voters' 58-34 preference of McAuliffe, since he and Cuccinelli were almost neck-and-neck among men.[10][11] During the last campaign finance reporting period, ending October 28, McAuliffe reported raising $8.1 million to Cuccinelli's $2.9 million, and holding $1.6 million in cash on hand, which was twice the size of Cuccinelli's warchest. Sarvis was trailing both with a reported $81,595 raised and $58,584 on hand.[12][13][14] Hillary Clinton's decision to come out in support of McAuliffe on October 19 - marking her first campaign event appearance since stepping down as U.S. Secretary of State - further enhanced the Democrat's frontrunner status.[15] Former President Bill Clinton threw in his support soon thereafter, followed by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who joined the McAuliffe campaign effort in the final week of the election season.[16]

The three contenders squared off in the general election on November 5, 2013, which McAuliffe won by a margin of 2.6% percentage points.[17]

Impact of US government shutdown on governor's race

The high profile federal government shutdown coincided with the home stretch of the expensive and high-profile 2013 Virginia governor race, which created a fresh backdrop for the battle between major party nominees Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R), and provided a brand new context in which to undermine each candidate's character and leadership potential.[18] Each campaign released an ad during the aftermath of the shutdown, which arrived on the heels of the candidates' second debate.[19]

With the nation paying close attention to its government in light of the perceived failure of Congress to work together in the best interests of their constituents, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli's ads each highlighted features of his opponent which most closely mirrored the type of stubbornness displayed by the House and Senate leading up to the shutdown, and to which the general public was, at that moment, so sensitively attuned. That moment, to be more specific, was one month before the general election. As the competition stood, McAuliffe had an overall average lead in the polls of 5.3 points over his Republican foe.[20]

Hoping to use the shutdown to further advance his edge by painting Cuccinelli in with the GOP ideologues in Congress, McAuliffe's ad emphasized Cuccinelli's strong ties to tea party leader U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), since Cruz was an outspoken supporter both of Cuccinelli and the far-right congressional insurgency which, in seeking to defund Obamacare, was regarded as causing the shutdown. The ad cited Cuccinelli's past effort to defund Planned Parenthood, apparently bringing the Virginia legislature "to a standstill," and also claimed Cuccinelli had been sufficiently opposed to Mark Warner's 2004 budget to call for a shutdown of the state government.[21]

Cuccinelli's ad aimed to discredit McAuliffe by referencing articles from The Washington Post and the Richmond-Times Dispatch criticizing McAuliffe's prospective budget plan, which he had allegedly threatened he would shut down the government over in order to get the plan passed. The radio spot also accused McAuliffe of being "against compromise, against working together to find solutions,” and noted how the Democrat sided with his fellow party members in Congress who had vocally dismissed opportunities to collaborate with the Republicans to avert shutdown.[22][23]

A unique opportunity was identified for the solo third party candidate in the race, Libertarian Robert Sarvis, in the shutdown atmosphere, where disillusionment with the standard of government operation ran rampant. Had Sarvis not been barred from participating in the third debate with McAuliffe and Cuccinelli, it was thought that he could have used the reflected spotlight to lure substantial number of voters who, already frustrated by Congress' showcase of two-party gridlock, would be more sympathetic than usual to a non-major party nominee.

"People are looking for other options they don't like what they have to see from those two parties and we're trying to fill that void with principled advocacy for more freedom in our economic sphere and personal lives," stated Sarvis. His passive warning about "obvious dysfunction of our [federal] government" also existing on the state and local level could have had an especially profound impact on swing voters and the average 9% of voters who were still polling as undecided at the beginning of November.[24][25]


Key dates

Deadline Event
March 28 Last day to file candidacy for primary election
May 17-18 Republican primary convention
May 20 Voter registration deadline for primary election
June 11 Primary election, last day for non-party candidates to file candidacy
June 17 Last day for Independent candidates to file for general election
Oct. 15 Voter registration deadline for general election
Nov. 5 General election

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Terry McAuliffe
Republican Party Ken Cuccinelli
Libertarian Party Robert Sarvis

Primary candidates

General election



Nominating conventions

The candidate selection process in Virginia differs between the political parties. According to the Code of Virginia:[42]

“The duly constituted authorities of the state political party shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made. The duly constituted authorities of the political party for the district, county, city, or town in which any other office is to be filled shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for that office shall be made.”

Democratic Party

The Democratic Party in Virginia used conventions to select nominees for statewide offices between 1981 and 2001 before shifting to primaries. The Virginia Democratic Party switched to the convention format for the 1981 election cycle to moderate the party after independent candidate Henry Howell won the 1977 primary. The nominating convention proved successful for Democrats in the 1980s with the election of Chuck Robb in 1981, Gerald Baliles in 1985 and Douglas Wilder in 1989. The change back to primaries in 2001 took place because of significant losses in state elections by the Democrats in 1993 and 1997. The Democratic Party did not hold a gubernatorial primary in the 2001 and 2005 election cycles as Mark Warner and Tim Kaine ran unopposed.[43]

Republican Party

The Republican Party in Virginia has used conventions to select nominees for statewide offices for much of its history. Republicans have only used primaries to nominate candidates in 1949, 1989, 1997 and 2005.[43] The convention process used in most elections draws from delegates selected by Republicans during municipal and county conventions. The number of delegates per county depends on the strength of the Republican Party in past elections.[44]

Delegates cast their votes on separate ballots for each statewide office. Any candidates who are uncontested automatically receive the party’s nomination. Contested races start with a ballot to determine if a candidate can surpass the 50% threshold. A candidate who wins more than 50% of first-round ballots receives the nomination for that office. If the first round of ballots does not clear this threshold, the two candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated. The balloting process cuts candidates in each round until three candidates remain. A ballot is taken to eliminate a third-place finisher and a final ballot is taken between the two remaining candidates.[45]

Polls

February-May 2013

All candidates

Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Christopher Newport University Poll of Likely Voters
(October 25-30, 2013)
45%38%10%7%+/-3.01,038
Emerson College Poll
(October 25-20, 2013)
42%40%13%5%+/-3.24874
AVERAGES 43.5% 39% 11.5% 6% +/-3.12 956
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll/Harper
(October 5-6, 2013)
44%35%12%9%+/-2.91,150
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 2-8, 2013)
47%39%8%6%+/-2.91,180
NBC4/NBC News/Marist Poll
(October 13-15, 2013)
46%38%9%7%+/-4.0596
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(October 20, 2013)
50%33%8%5%+/-3.01,000
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 15-21, 2013)
46%39%10%4%+/-3.01,085
Wenzel Strategies
(October 21-22, 2013)
41%40%10%9%+/-3.85640
Old Dominion University Poll
44%37%7%9%+/-5.0670
Public Policy Poll (Early voters)
(October 19-20, 26-27, 2013)
55%40%3%2%+/--1,433
Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Poll
(October 24-27, 2013)
51%39%8%1%+/-4.5762
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 30, 2013)
45%41%9%4%+/-2.91,182
AVERAGES 46.9% 38.1% 8.4% 5.6% +/-2.31 969.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
31%37%5%27%+/-4.3525
Public Policy Polling
(July 11-14, 2013)
41%37%7%5%+/-4.0601
Emerson College Poll
(August 23-28, 2013)
45%35%10%11%+/-3.8653
League of Women Voters/Public Policy Polling
(August 27-28, 2013)
44%37%9%9%+/--500
Quinnipiac University Poll
(September 9-15, 2013)
44%41%7%6%+/-3.11,005
Harper Polling/Conservative Intel
(September 15-16, 2013)
42%37%10%11%+/-3.51779
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
47%39%10%3%+/-4.5562
NBC News/Marist Poll
(September 17-19, 2013)
43%38%8%11%+/-4.2546
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(September 23, 2013)
44%38%6%11%+/-3.01,050
Christopher Newport Poll
(October 1-6, 2013)
47%38%9%11%+/-3.1886
AVERAGES 42.8% 37.7% 8.1% 10.5% +/-2.73 710.7
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

McAuliffe vs. Cuccinelli only

Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (June 2013 - present)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(June 5-6, 2013)
44%41%12%+/-3.01,000
Quinnipiac University Poll
(July 11-15, 2013)
43%39%16%+/-3.11,030
Quinnipiac University Poll
(August 14-19, 2013)
48%42%9%+/-2.91,129
Internal Poll
(August 13-18, 2013)
48%44%8%+/-4.0600
Rasmussen Reports
(September 3-4, 2013)
45%38%10%+/-3.0998
Purple Strategies Poll
(September 6-10, 2013)
43%38%19%+/-3.5800
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
49%44%7%+/-4.5562
Public Policy Poll/Harper
(October 5-6, 2013)
52%42%6%+/-2.9
AVERAGES 46.5% 41% 10.88% +/-3.36 764.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (February 2013 - May 2013)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Feb. 14-18, 2013)
38%38%21%+/-2.01,112
Roanoke College Poll
(April 8-14, 2013)
29%34%38%+/-3.9629
Washington Post (Registered Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
41%46%13%+/-4.0887
Washington Post (Likely Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
41%51%8%+/-5.0663
NBC News/Marist Poll
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
43%41%16%+/-3.01,095
Quinnipiac University
(May 8-13, 2013)
43%38%17%+/-2.71,286
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
42%37%21%+/-3.8672
AVERAGES 39.57% 40.71% 19.14% +/-3.49 906.29
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Three way hypothetical match-up poll

Governor of Virginia: Three-way race (with Bolling)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Bill Bolling (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Feb. 14-18, 2013)
34%31%13%21%+/-2.91,112
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

June 2012

Governor of Virginia (Republican): Bolling v. Cuccinelli
Poll Bill Bolling Ken CuccinelliSomeone elseWouldn't voteDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
May 30 - June 4, 2012
15%51%2%1%31%+/-2.71,282
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Campaign sites & media

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Ken Cuccinelli

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Robert Sarvis

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Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Endorsements

Democratic Party Terry McAuliffe:
McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign has been endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:[46][47]

  • President Barack Obama[48]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama[49]
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton[50]
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton[51]
  • Republican mayor of Virginia Beach Will Sessoms[52]
  • Republican former Virginia Del. Vince Callahan
  • Republican mayor of Virginia Beach Will Sessoms[53]
  • U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
  • Former Independent Delegate Katherine Waddell
  • U.S. Senator Mark Warner
  • Former Independent Delegate Watkins Abbitt[54]
  • Former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong
  • Former Republican Governor of Virginia Linwood Holton*
Holton decided to endorse McAuliffe over his party's nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, because he said he believes McAuliffe, "will put partisan politics aside and work every day to move Virginia forward."[55][56]
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • League of Conversation Voters
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia
  • Virginia Professional Firefighters
  • NARAL
  • Virginia Education Association
  • Equality VA

Republican Party Ken Cuccinelli:
Cuccinelli's 2013 gubernatorial campaign has been endorsed by outgoing incumbent Gov. Bob McDonnell. Other supporters include, but are not limited to, the following individuals and organizations:[57][58]

Saunders decided to endorse Cuccinelli over his party's nominee, Terry McAuliffe, because, "he and Cuccinelli agree 'on matters of economic fairness' and share concerns about the middle class."[60]
  • Steve Smith, CEO of Food City, Bluefield
  • Delegate Chris Head, 17th District
  • David Nygaard, Founder and CEO of David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, Virginia Beach
  • Delegate John Cox, 55th District, Chairman, Cox Transportations Services, Inc., Ashland
  • Delegate Michael Webert, 18th District
  • Henry Lucas, President, ECS Ltd, Chantilly


Independent Robert Sarvis:

Sarvis was endorsed by Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, who was also the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee.[61]

Campaign finance

The Virginia State Board of Elections administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.

For the primary election:

  • 8-Day Pre-Primary report -- due by June 3, 2013
  • Post-Primary report -- due by July 15, 2013

For the general election:

  • First Pre-General report -- due by October 15, 2013
  • 8-Day Pre-General report -- due by October 28, 2013
  • Post-General report -- due by December 5, 2013

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe[62] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$5,427,906.50$1,940,051.66$(6,259,712.87)$6,012,697.51
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$1,823,195.10$8,126,073.18$(8,333,747.15)$1,615,521.13
Running totals
$10,066,124.84$(14,593,460.02)

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli[63] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$2,746,111.17$1,139,297.36$(5,019,045.31)$2,652,588.43
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$1,050,067.09$2,922,435.88$(3,368,339.02)$604,163.95
Running totals
$4,061,733.24$(8,387,384.33)

Robert Sarvis

Robert Sarvis[64] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$4,630.30$1,015.00$(36,733.52)$2,002.61
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$21,997.32$81,595.17$(45,008.58)$58,583.91
Running totals
$82,610.17$(81,742.1)

News

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