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Pro-life group: Need to expose Dems' extremism on abortion

11/6/2013, 10:42 a.m.
Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe gives a thumbs up to the crowd after speaking on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Tysons Corner.

The partisan divide is more evident than ever following Tuesday's election that saw Democrats soar to victory in both the race for governor and lieutenant governor.

Virginians elected Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, while Mark Herring is 216 votes behind Republican Mark Obenshain in the attorney general’s race and eligible to ask for a recount. The results put Democrats within striking distance of sweeping all three statewide offices for the first time since 1989.

Democrats picked up a net of two seats in the state House of Delegates, eliminating the GOP’s veto-proof majority, with several other races undergoing canvasses.

“This election shows that it is imperative for pro-lifers to be on offense in 2014 against the distortions and extremism of the left," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), in reaction to the defeat of Republican candidate, outgoing virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. "The Democrat strategy for 2014 is set - demonize pro-life candidates and spend big on ‘war on women’ advertising. The party, candidates, and movement must aggressively expose the other side’s extremism and penchant for putting women and children at risk through their abortion policies.”

Democrats, and their supporters, on the other hand, said that they nominated better candidates with better messages that resonated with voters

"With yet another major election defeat, Republicans continue to play the blame game, as they struggle to figure out why they keep losing,“ said Democratic leaders in a Wednesday morning memo. "Ken Cuccinelli lost because he underestimated Terry McAuliffe and assumed that he would not be held accountable for his own record of pursuing a divisive social agenda. At the end of the night, exit polls show a majority of Virginians found Cuccinelli simply too conservative for the state."

Cuccinelli's supporters beg to differ.

"Despite being woefully outspent and compromised both by the government shutdown and the ethics scandal faced by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Cuccinelli came within inches of victory," said Dannenfelser. "The political prognosticators that can often drive election results by their predictions ought not to have given up on him. The results make clear that more support from outside groups in the final weeks could have changed the outcome. Shame on the Republican establishment for abandoning this race and failing to push Ken over the finish line."

Cuccinelli supporters also lamented that fact that the McAuliffe campaign outspent the conservative camp.

“Terry McAuliffe spent well over $5 million on misleading attack ads about Ken Cuccinelli and the fictitious ‘war on women,’ including running more than 5,600 spots on the abortion issue alone. Attacks on Cuccinelli were left unanswered, or answered too late, and the negative message stuck," said Dannenfelser.