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Virginia Governor Election Results 2013: Terry McAuliffe Defeats Ken Cuccinelli

ANNANDALE, VA - OCTOBER 6:  Democratic Candidate for VA Governor, Terry McAuliffe is pictured at the event.  Republican Candi
ANNANDALE, VA - OCTOBER 6: Democratic Candidate for VA Governor, Terry McAuliffe is pictured at the event. Republican Candidate for VA Governor, Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic Candidate, Terry McAuliffe spoke at the Minority Chambers of Commerce Candidate Forum. The event was held Sunday at Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor's race on Tuesday, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe follows Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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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