As Virginians head to the poll, some vote for ‘lesser of two evils’

RICHMOND, Va. – As voters in Central Virginia headed to the polls on Tuesday morning to cast their votes in the gubernatorial election, there was very little enthusiasm about the choices on the ballot.

In interviews with reporters from VCU’s “iPadJournos” project, many voters in Richmond and in the surrounding counties of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover said that they were dissatisfied with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli, but decided to chose the “lesser of two evils.” While many voted along their usual party lines, several voters said that they chose Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis instead.

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Clinton urges Virginians to elect his friend McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. – Former President Bill Clinton drew a crowd of around 500 people on Sunday afternoon at Richmond Community High School and asked them to elect his friend Terry McAuliffe as governor of Virginia. The Democratic candidate is currently leading the race against Republican Ken Cuccinelli, but has one of the highest unfavorable polling numbers of a frontrunner in recent history.

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Wife increases pressure on Cuccinelli, McAuliffe to debate Sarvis

RICHMOND, Va. – After releasing an emotional video asking for her husband to be included in the gubernatorial debate this week, Dr. Astrid Sarvis said she remains hopeful about her husband’s chances.

“I’m very optimistic. I think that it’s going to take a lot. It’s going to take more than just us,” Sarvis said in an interview with VCU’s “iPadJournos” project at a campaign event in Midlothian on Saturday. Her YouTube video was published on Thursday and has already been viewed almost 5,000 times.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Court Wilder, Students

RICHMOND, Va. – When Douglas Wilder calls, gubernatorial candidates are ready to make their case to him and his students. An endorsement by the former Virginia governor can still go a long way for any candidate in Virginia.

Both, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, spoke to students in Wilder’s public policy class at VCU on Thursday afternoon, outlining their education plans in attempts to rally young voters behind their campaigns.

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Senate Passes Amended Transportation Plan

RICHMOND – In a bipartisan show of support, the Senate passed on Wednesday HB2313, a transportation funding bill that will raise the gas tax in Virginia.

The plan differs in many ways from the bill that was passed by the House of Delegate’s last week. The Senate’s plan would increase the gas tax in Virginia, something Governor Bob McDonnell had proposed to get rid of altogether. The Senate’s version also would not use near as much general funding as McDonnell originally proposed.

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Senate Panel Amends Transportation Bill

RICHMOND – The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding bill, opting to raise the gasoline tax instead of replacing the gas tax with a higher sales tax.

The committee voted 9-6 for a substitute to House Bill 2313, which the governor hopes will fund billions of dollars in road and transit projects.

“Today’s vote continues the legislative process,” McDonnell said afterward. “Now, we must work together to finish it with approval of a common-sense, fiscally responsible transportation plan that both works for Virginia’s citizens and can pass the General Assembly.”

The Senate Finance Committee’s version of the transportation bill differs in many ways from McDonnell’s proposal, which passed the House on a 53-46 vote last week.

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