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McAuliffe Pollster: Cuccinelli's Obamacare Stance A Liability

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Garin said that even for voters who disapprove of the health care law, Cuccinelli's stance was too extreme.

"A majority disapproved of the Affordable Care Act, but in Virginia, as elsewhere, we found that a lot of these voters want to fix the law," Garin told the Washington Post. "'Cuccinellis' position on Obamacare actually supported what we were saying about him, which is that he was extreme and supported a national Tea Party agenda."

Garin also said McAuliffe's somewhat narrow win over Cuccinelli was expected by his campaign team.

"With the exception of a brief spike during the government shutdown, Terry's lead was never less than two points, and never greater than four," Garin said. "It was a stable race."