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11/05/2013 10:22 am ET

VA Election 2013: Terry McAuliffe, Ken Cuccinelli Battle In Gubernatorial Race

The Virginia governor's race comes to an end Tuesday.

Voters are taking to the polls to decide the battle between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Reuters reported on the election:

Surveys have shown Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a major party fundraiser, ahead of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite, although polls vary on the size of his lead.

With New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie expected to cruise to re-election on Tuesday, Virginia has become a battleground ahead of mid-term congressional elections next year and presidential elections in 2016.

President Barack Obama campaigned for McAuliffe on Sunday in a bid to make the vote a referendum on the Tea Party. Former President Bill Clinton, a close friend of McAuliffe, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also have stumped for him.

Cuccinelli has received support from such conservative Republican figures as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

A win by McAuliffe, a former head of the Democratic National Committee, would mark the first time in nine elections that the party that controls the White House has taken the Virginia governor's office.

Cuccinelli, a strong opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, has trailed badly among women and independent voters. He has campaigned against Obama's signature new healthcare law.

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