11/05/2013 10:33 am ET

VA Governor Race Pits Ken Cuccinelli Against Terry McAuliffe

The Virginia governor's race takes place today as Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe face off at the polls.

National issues have framed the final days of the governor's race, as RealClearPolitics' Caitlin Huey-Burns reports:

The battle for Virginia governor has taken on pronounced national overtones in its final hours, with each side positing the election as a referendum on one of two issues at center stage in American politics: the implementation of the health care law and the government shutdown last month.

Since neither candidate is particularly well liked by voters, each is hoping to bring down the other with an issue that has been problematic for the opposing party.

The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 6.7 points on Election Day, challenging the commonwealth’s three-decades-long history of electing a governor from the opposite party of the president.

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