Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms flew to Northern Virginia on a small chartered plane with developer Bruce Thompson to attend the election-night victory party for Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe.
Both mayors, who were accompanied by their wives, said they will pay for the flight. Sessoms estimated it will cost about $2,500 for two fares.
The seeds of Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial victory blossomed in Virginia's population centers, where changing demographics are remaking the state's once-crimson political DNA.
Voters from Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and the Richmond area formed an electoral backbone that made the Democrat the first governor elected from the party of the sitting president in 36 years.
Republicans in Congress studying the results from the governors’ elections in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday see two starkly different test cases for how the party should move on immigration. ... In Virginia, the state’s conservative attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, narrowly lost the race for governor he once seemed poised to win against Terry McAuliffe, a veteran Democratic fund-raiser, in part because Latino voters turned out in crucial urban areas and voted heavily against Mr. Cuccinelli.
Update: Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, issued this statement in response to Sabato's comments:
"The attorney general, as Virginia’s chief legal officer, has a duty to review all legal options available to the commonwealth in the event that something so unprecedented as an indictment occurred. Nothing ever went beyond reviewing those options."
Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli came closer to defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for Virginia governor than any of the polls predicted.
Cuccinelli lost to McAuliffe by about 3 percentage points despite a huge funding gap, a split in the state GOP, the Star Scientific scandal, the partial government shutdown and a Libertarian who cleaved off 6 percent of the vote.
Terry McAuliffe and his allies outspent Ken Cuccinelli by a wide margin in the closing days of the race for Virginia governor.
McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and champion fundraiser, ran circles around Cuccinelli (R) on the financial front from the moment the race began, and so was able to significantly outspend Cuccinelli on the airwaves. McAuliffe also got more help from deep-pocketed outside groups than Cuccinelli did.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s unexpectedly slim victory in Virginia set off an explosion of recriminations among Republicans on Wednesday, and rather than settling the battle between the GOP’s tea party and business factions, the election appears to have deepened the internal divide.
If lessons emerged from Tuesday’s vote, they were almost instantly lost in the volley of finger-pointing that began even before the polls closed.
Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders.
The push comes as the national Republican Party is grappling with vexing divisions over its identity and image, and mainstream leaders complain that more ideologically-driven conservatives are damaging the party with tactics like the government shutdown.
Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign was never built for a landslide victory.
Not that the legendary Democratic operative-turned-candidate would have objected to a bigger win – but McAuliffe’s 2.5-point, 55,000-vote edge over Republican Ken Cuccinelli was the narrow margin his team planned for starting in early 2013, when McAuliffe’s advisers mapped out a strategy for winning in the difficult environment of an off-year Virginia election.
At a time when not much is going right politically for the Republican Party, one thing certainly is: Obamacare.
And the Virginia governor’s race this week, party hands say, is the best evidence yet.