Cuccinelli tests conservatism Va. governor race

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Associated Press

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 11:04 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Virginia governor has always been a test of whether a deeply conservative Republican could win in a swing-voting state.

For months, the attorney general was locked in a competitive race with Democrat Terry McAuliffe as both candidates sought to court an ideologically diverse crop of voters, moderates and women among them.

Now polls show the Republican trailing with time running out and money drying up. So Cuccinelli has started emphasizing his far-right credentials in hopes of firing up enough tea partyers and social conservatives to engineer a come-from-behind victory in what's expected to be a low-participation election Nov. 5.

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