Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday by a razor thin margin, with a big assist from a 3rd party candidate that reports say was funded by a major Obama donor.
With nearly all precincts reporting, McAuliffe was ahead with just 48 percent of the vote, to Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s 45 percent, Fox News reported.
Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis garnered 6.7 percent of the vote, or just over 130,000 votes.
Heavily outspent and trailing in the polls for much of the race, Cuccinelli made it surprisingly close, according to Fox News. Exit polls show the disastrous launch of Obamacare was very much a factor, with voters opposed to the health care law breaking big in favor of Cuccinelli.
“Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million, this race came down to the wire because of ObamaCare,” Cuccinelli said in his concession speech. “That message will go out to the entire country tonight.”
As close as the race was, a report out Tuesday by The Blaze indicates that there were shenanigans at play:
“A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot.”
According to the report, campaign finance records show that the Libertarian Booster PAC made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign.
The Blaze identified Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt as the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He also happens to be a top bundler for President Barack Obama.
How the Republican Party missed this is surprising, to say the least.
“This was clearly a very winnable race, in spite of what people say about conservatives or the government shutdown,” Breitbart’s Mike Flynn wrote following Tuesday’s election.
Before saying that his own campaign bears some responsibility, Flynn was quick to acknowledge that “the GOP abandoned Cuccinelli.”
A point that’s hard to argue considering the Republican National Committee spent $9 million in Virginia in 2009 and only $3 million this time, according to Redstate’s Erick Erickson.
Nonetheless, Tuesday’s results leave the disillusioned with a sinking feeling that fair and honest elections are a thing of the past in America.
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