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Cuccinelli Wins Straw Poll

Anita Kumar

HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- As expected, state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) won the straw poll in the race for attorney general this weekend at the GOP Advance at the Homestead Resort

Cuccinelli received 48 percent of the vote. John Brownlee, the former top prosecutor for Virginia's western district, got 38 percent and David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, finished with 14 percent.

The three men seeking the Republican nomination at a May 31 convention were featured prominently at the Advance. Each hosted hospitality suites and participated in a well-attended debate Saturday.

Jerry Kilgore, a former attorney and the Republican nominee for governor in 2005, was the moderator of the debate after the party was unable to find bloggers or reporters that met with the approval of the three candidates.

Another former attorney general, James S. Gilmore III, was in the audience and made some introductory remarks as the debate started. The former governor lost the U.S. Senate race to former governor Mark R. Warner (D) last month by 30 points.

"Feel not sad for me," Gilmore told hundreds of Republican activists. "I've always been around, always going to be around. I've been doing this since I was 17 years old. We've had our failures and we've had our successes."

Gilmore said he will raise money for conservative and anti-tax Republicans through a new political action committee.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 7, 2008; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , James Gilmore III , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Comments

"Jerry Kilgore, a former attorney and the Republican nominee for governor in 2005, was the moderator of the debate after the party was unable to find bloggers or reporters that met with the approval of the three candidates."

Doesn't that just say it all?

Posted by: jimeh | December 8, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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