Why the woman vote matters in Virginia
The Virginia governor’s election is possibly the most watched race in the entire country. Far right attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is running against former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe. Neither man appears to be particularly popular with Virginia voters. Ken Cuccinelli is running against a backdrop of scandal.
In recent polls, Terry McAuliffe leads Ken Cuccinelli by 5 points. In a low voter turn out those points would not be significant. However, there is an 18 point gender gap in the governor’s race in Virginia. It is possibly the most watched race in the entire country.
That gender gap is a result of the many archaic measures Cuccinelli has either enacted or has tried to enact, from making it harder for women to get divorced, to refusing to sign the Violence Against Women Act, to sponsoring a ‘personhood’ bill that would make some forms of birth control illegal, to bullying the state medical board into reversing its decision to grandfather in existing clinics so they would not have to make major architectural changes in their buildings. Cuccinelli also supports fake clinics lying to ‘patients’ who stumble into the wrong place. He wants to outlaw abortion including the ‘hard cases’ or the exceptions.
Many women simply won’t vote for anyone who wants to suppress their freedom in these critical areas. It’s this kind of zealotry that loses elections. Many Republicans are shying away from this candidate also. Should he get elected, some Republicans predict the death knell for the party in Virginia because of extremism.
While putting on a stiff upper lip in public, some say they will go behind the curtain and vote for the other guy. Cuccinelli is becoming ABC. Anyone But Cuccinelli.