Anti-gunners across the nation are reveling in the victory of Terry McAuliffe in the hotly-contested Virginia Governor’s race with claims that McAuliffe’s “F” rating by the National Rifle Association indicates the American people are rejecting the so-called gun agenda.
But in reality, the McAuliffe victory proves once again the powerful roll that money plays in political elections in our fair nation. McAuliffe was expected to easily win the election, but ended up barely squeaking out a victory on election night despite dramatically outspending his opponent.
In the days leading up to the Virginia election, McAuliffe outspent Republican challenger Ken Cuccinelli $705 to $285k. The Governor-elect also enjoyed support from Michael Bloomberg’s well-funded anti-gun group to the tune of $346,000. Further, a rich Texas Democrat funded a professional signature-collection effort to get Libertarian Robert Sarvis on the ballot in the hopes of taking away votes that would otherwise have been placed for the Republican.