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Obama campaigns for McAuliffe in Va.

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- With only two days until Virginian's head to the polls to pick a new governor, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is pulling out all the stops.

In recent weeks the Clintons have joined McAuliffe on the campaign trail and today it was President Barak Obama.

It's one of the most closely watched contest in the nation: the governor's race in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"Good afternoon, Virginia!"

Scandal actress Kerry Washington makes a brief appearance, along with Sen. Mark Warner at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.

Warner, "In a day and a half we have a chance to elect a governor to take Virginia into the 21st century, my friend Terry McAuliffe."

But the star showing would be President Barak Obama.

"Are you fired up? Are you ready to vote on Tuesday?"

McAuliffe, "We need to make sure Virginia is a leader in higher education."

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe talk guns at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli is defending the rights of gun owners during his debate with Democrat Terry McAuliffe, saying tougher laws would not have prevented the massacre on Virginia Tech's campus that left 33 dead.

McAuliffe has seen his lead grow over Cuccinelli in polls. He said Thursday that government has a role in keeping people safe and tougher laws like expanded background checks could help. McAuliffe says, quote, "some people should not own guns."

The candidates met with less than two weeks before Nov. 5's election that could be a test whether a deeply conservative candidate like Cuccinelli can win statewide. They traded criticism over the economy, education and their records.

But the specter of the 2007 massacre on this campus was an early instance where Cuccinelli and McAuliffe split.

AP retracts story about McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about documents in a federal fraud case alleging that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a death benefits scheme. The indictment did not identify McAuliffe as the "T.M." who allegedly lied to investigators.

USA TODAY ran the story on its website on Wednesday.

 

Lawsuit against strict abortion clinic regulations moves forward

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Abortion rights supporters in Virginia are cheering after they won a small, first step in a challenge to strict, new state regulations that require abortion clinics meet hospital standards.

An Arlington judge rejected a motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia Board of Health seeking to toss out a legal challenge to the regulations. It means the case will now move forward.

"Whoa!" Cheered Rosemary Codding, director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) which brought the lawsuit, technically called an appeal. Codding said the ruling gave her immense hope.

"It's just like the turning tide. It has been such an oppressive environment for three years for women's health. This is an immense spiritual uplifting. And, as a woman of very strong faith, I know God is with me. And I know that he has given me courage to continue in this battle," said Codding.

Northam, Herring Win Va. Dem Nods; Repub. Incumbents Lose

RICHMOND, Vs. (AP)--Ralph Northam, a Norfolk doctor who became a hero of Virginia's reproductive-rights movement, and fellow state Sen. Mark Herring won statewide Democratic primaries Tuesday for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively.

Two respected senior Republican House members, however, were felled by conservative challengers as each sought an 11th term in the General Assembly.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the only physician in the Senate, won a large following among female voters in 2012 when he used medical authority to thunder against a Republican-authored bill that would have required an intrusive ultrasound exam of every woman seeking an abortion.

Virginia Voter's Guide For Tuesday Primary

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--On Tuesday, June 11th Virginians will head to the polls to choose party candidates for two statewide offices--Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General--as well as eleven House of Delegate seats.

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The race for Governor has been a known entity for weeks.  Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate.  He was selected at a convention in Richmond back in May.  Terry McAuliffe was the only Democratic candidate to file for the office, so he automatically became the party's nominee.

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