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November 5, 2013

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli seek votes in closely-watched Virginia gov race

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RICHMOND, Va. —

The message was on point with voters like Carl Prendergast, 83, who along with his wife voted a straight Republican ticket.

"We just need less government, more conservative candidates," he said.

Other Republicans found Cuccinelli too extreme. Thomas Wolfe, 56, said he is a staunch Republican but was turned off by some of Cuccinelli's positions.

"You don't believe in climate change and you sue people who are teaching our kids? He's just too radical for me," Wolfe said, referring to Cuccinelli's legal fight with climate scientist Michael Mann.

He also said that while McAuliffe wasn't his ideal candidate, he voted for the Democrat because he owned a small business and was impressed that he won the endorsement of Virginia Beach's Republican mayor.

Ahead in the polls, the 56-year-old McAuliffe sought to avoid an eleventh-hour error. On Tuesday morning, McAuliffe stopped by a campaign office to rally volunteers near Richmond. He urged them to knock on one more door and phone one more friend as the campaign near its end. McAuliffe said that effort was needed to combat low turnout.

"This is the greatest democracy in the world. We want everyone to vote," McAuliffe told reporters.

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