Really? He won. More people voted for him than the other clowns. That is a mandate - noun, the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election.<quoted text>
But McAuliffe still did not win a mandate.
synonyms: authority, approval, acceptance, ratification, endorsement, sanction, authorization
And? In the end, more people voted for McAuliffe. Your pathetic excuse for a candidate lost...again. End of story.Two weeks ago the polls were ABOUT 50% for McAuliffe, 40% of Cuccinelli and 10% for Sarvis the Libertarian. McAuliffe won with 47.9%, Cuccinelli with 45.5% and Salvis with just 6.6%. At the end, the Democrats did not turn out that heavy while a third of the Libertarians switched to Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli sought to rally his base with conservative counterparts. Tea party celebrities Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz were among those who came to Virginia for him. How'd that work out?By the way, almost all Libertarians are TEA Partiers as the TEA Party is about a conservative fiscal policy.
And that is why Hillary and Obama turned out to campaign for McAulliffe as they knew he was in trouble.
From the Tribune News Network - hardly a liberal rag, by the way.
"Some establishment Republicans are looking at Virginia and saying,'We need to do everything we can to make sure this does not happen again,'" said Quentin Kidd, a professor of political science at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
Virginia, one of just a handful of swing states, looms large in part because it served as a tryout for both parties' expected 2014 themes. Republicans had worked hard to leverage public concerns about Obamacare into a symbolic victory. Democrats countered that voters were more concerned by the tea party tactics that led to the recent federal government shutdown than by glitches in the healthcare law.
Still, many of the voters who came out to community centers to cast their ballots for Democrat McAuliffe said their decision was driven less by support for him than by opposition to Cuccinelli, a climate skeptic, unrelenting opponent of abortion rights and crusader against Obamacare.
"I was more excited to vote against Cuccinelli than for McAuliffe," said Lauren Durden, a 41-year-old homemaker. "Cuccinelli is way too socially conservative. He is an extremist."
Fahmida Hossain, 33, also a homemaker, said she was troubled by Cuccinelli’s focus on gutting Obamacare. "If that is your main agenda, and your point for going to office, you shouldn’t be in office," she said.
Establishment Republicans say the Virginia race demonstrates that the party is failing to field candidates who appeal to the state’s new electorate. And as more of the country undergoes the kind of population shifts Herndon is experiencing, they warn, the GOP brand will suffer more broadly."
In the end, McAuliffe will have two Democrat Senators on his side in that state. He will help carry Virginia for that party in 2016.
Your party is in its death throes.