Campaign ads flood internet hours before Va. debate

Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 18:40:17-04


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Hours before Thursday's final debate in the race for Virginia governor, a leading abortion rights group says it's going up with internet ads that attack the Republican candidate in the race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, for "meddling in women's private health decisions."

NARAL Pro Choice America tells CNN that they'll spend five figures to run the spot between now and the November 5 election.

"Keep Ken Cuccinelli's extreme views out of your bedroom, and your medicine cabinet, and the governor's mansion," says the narrator in the commercial.

The campaign of the Democratic nominee in the race, Terry McAuliffe, has long tried to paint Cuccinelli, a favorite among many social conservatives, as too far to the right for mainstream voters in the commonwealth when it comes to such social issues as abortion.

Cuccinelli, on his campaign website, says "I believe that all human life is precious, which is why I am a strong supporter of life."

Public opinion polling indicates that McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, has the advantage when it comes to female voters. While McAuliffe holds a slim single digit lead among all likely voters in the latest surveys, those same polls suggest he's up by double digits among women.

The winner of the election will succeed outgoing GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell.