McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Push for Votes Day Before Election

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    News4 Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver spoke with representatives with Cuccinelli and McAuliffe's campaigns to see how they're preparing the night before Election Day. (Published Monday, Nov 4, 2013)

    In the final hours before Election Day, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe found rare common ground.

    Both told supporters what Virginia voters decide at the polls will send a message to the nation.

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    Ken Cuccinelli held a noontime rally at a conference center in Warrenton, one of six stops in a final statewide blitz.

    In a voice hoarse from campaigning, he asked supporters to make this election a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Cuccinelli was the first attorney general to filed suit against the new law 3 1/2 years ago.

    "The biggest single budget decision the next Governor will make will be to support or oppose the expansion of Obamacare with Medicaid expansion," Cuccinelli told the crowd. "I say to Virginia, let's send them a message and say no tomorrow to Obamacare... Send them a message."

    Cuccinelli called on the GOP starpower of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to underscore his argument, who stopped short of calling Virginia's vote a referendum on Obamacare.

    "I think elections are about a lot of things, but I think Obamacare will feature prominently," Rubio said. "It's the first chance voters have to go to the polls after the law as implemented has begun to be felt by real Americans."

    Democrats are urging Virginians to take a different message to the polls. They say a vote against Ken Cuccinelli is a rejection of the tea party leadership that forced the recent federal government shutdown.

    A day after President Barack Obama led a rally, McAuliffe was joined by Vice President Joe Biden in an Annandale family's backyard.

    "I'm here because this race matters well beyond state of Virginia," Biden said. 

    McAuliffe has been leading in most polls including a new Quinnipiac poll released Monday that shows him leading 46 percent to 40 percent among likely voters.

    But turnout is expected to be low and Democrats want to make sure supporters stay on the sidelines.

    "If mainstream Virginians from both parties don't turn out to vote, you are letting the tea party decide Virginia's future," shouted McAuliffe. "That's why I need your help more than ever. Get out the vote."

    Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis also hopes his supporters will send a message at the polls, that they want an alternative.

    If he can win 10 percent of the vote, the Libertarian party will get a spot on the Virginia ballot until 2021. The candidate's wife, Astrid Sarvis, sent this final, written pitch to supporters: "We have a chance on Tuesday to make history here in Virginia... if you help him garner at least 10 percent (and hopefully much more!!) of the vote on Nov. 5, it will completely change the political dynamic in Virginia."