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Rasmussen Poll: McAuliffe 50, Cuccinelli 33

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The survey suggests that the McAuliffe campaign's recent attacks tying Cuccinelli to the government shutdown and also pegging him as a radical conservative are paying off.  

A day earlier Cuccinelli suggested that he was unsure whether he would have voted on the bipartisan measure that ended the government shutdown. The McAuliffe campaign quickly released a statement hammering the Republican attorney general.  

"Ken Cuccinelli’s refusal today to support reopening the government demonstrates a lack of leadership. Once again, he has put Tea Party ideology above what is best for Virginia," McAuliffe said in a statement.  "When Washington gridlock is hurting Virginia families, 'I don’t know' doesn’t cut it."