As of Monday, September 23, 2013, Terry McAuliffe (D) is still in the lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the VA governor race. According to The Washington Post, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 47% to 39%. Unlikely winner, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, has climbed to 10%, which is more than he had starting out in the race.
For a race that has been so tight this whole time, an 8% margin is a larger lead. This jump in votes seems to be because of female voters who lean more towards McAuliffe. In a poll done by The Washington Post in May, both candidates were tied for the female vote.
Throughout the campaign, McAuliffe has painted Cuccinelli as a man against women’s rights, especially when it comes to the highly debated issue of abortion. His response has been to accuse McAuliffe of starting a “war on coal” with the rest of the Democratic Party. Cuccinelli is still trailing when it comes to energy and environment, though.
Both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and as the race comes to a close in the next couple of months, it will be imperative for them to tackle the issues as best they can in order to get that final push to the top.