Candidates for Governor Make Final Attempt To Win Voters

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) Thursday marked the third and final debate in Virginia's governor's race. Virginians were watching closely and taking notes.

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli touched on a variety of controversial topics, including Obamacare.

"Now he (McAuliffe) insists that Obamacare has to be expanded in Virginia," said Cuccinelli.

Political analyst Dr. Bob Roberts doesn't believe Virginians are focused on Obamacare.

"The problem with that is that Obamacare is not impacting Virginia very hard," said Dr. Roberts.

The issue of gun control was discussed several times during the debate.

"I'm a strong supporter of the second amendment, I'm a gun owner and I'm a hunter," said McAuliffe.

"Cuccinelli said his opponent had the worst rating of the NRA. Most voters don't care," said Dr. Roberts.

Another issue front and center in the debate was women's rights.

"Liberals like Terry McAuliffe take that and turn around and say well Ken hates women," said Lynette Hardy who is supporting Ken Cuccinelli for governor.

Dr. Roberts said the issue of women's rights has McAuliffe in the lead in the polls.

"He has got a 20 point gender gap and Cuccinelli didn't do anything to deal with that," said Dr. Roberts.

Roberts said what really matters in the long run is voter turnout.

McAuliffe is using big name endorsers like Bill Clinton to help him.

"The Clinton years are strongly associated with great economic development and wonderful job growth," said Deb Fitzgerald, who is the chair of the Harrisonburg City Democrats.

Even in his absence, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis was recognized in a question from moderators.

Dr. Roberts said some Republicans believe Sarvis is taking away votes from Cuccinelli in the polls.

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