Virginia Governor: Pro-Abortion Terry McAuliffe Leads Pro-Life Ken Cuccinelli

State   Steven Ertelt   Sep 25, 2013   |   10:57AM    Washington, DC

Pro-Abortion Terry McAuliffe leads pro-life Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor, in what constitutes the most marquee matchup in this 2013 off-year election season.

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows the abortion advocate leading the pro-life candidate, and has the Libertarian Party candidate receiving six percent of the vote. Third-party and independent candidates typically poll much better in the months leading up to the election than they fare on election day — meaning the race is likely closer than the poll shows.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters finds McAuliffe with 44% support to Cuccinelli’s 38%. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis earns six percent (6%) of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while 11% remain undecided.

McAuliffe was caught dodging a reporter’s question after inventing a false power he claimed he would have as governor to keep unlawful abortion clinics open.

McAuliffe is quick to attack his pro-life Republican opponent on the issue of abortion, but, as Weekly Standard John McCormack reports, he won’t answer questions about his own stance on abortion and whether he supports taxpayer-funded abortions up to the day of birth.

At a campaign event, McAuliffe pledged his unwavering — and disturbing — support for abortion providers and facilities in the state of Virginia if given the governor’s seat.

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It is unclear who or what, besides the coffers of abortionists, this vow will benefit, since McAuliffe’s support encompasses substandard abortion facilities, practices, and doctors in the state of Virginia.

These substandard facilities put women at risk, and there have already been more than eighty documented violations inside of these Virginia abortion mills, including beds covered with blood, an abortionist who operates on women without washing his hands first, and one clinic that has seventeen pages of recorded deficiencies.