Cuccinelli's unmarried problem
Ken Cuccinelli carried married men and married women by single digits, according to preliminary exit polls. He lost women overall by 9 points. Where he fell behind by massive margins was among unmarried people, in particular unmarried women.
Unmarried men favored McAuliffe over Cuccinelli by almost two dozen points and unmarried women by more than 40. The only solace Republicans can take — and it’s not much of one — is that Cuccinelli’s dreadful performance among unmarried voters was significantly worse than that of Mitt Romney in Virginia in the 2012 presidential election; Romney lost single men by 16 points and single women by 29. The lesson for Republicans is that while they don’t need to win unmarried voters, who are still heavily outnumbered by married ones, they can’t lose anywhere close to as badly as Cuccinelli did and hope to win a statewide election in Virginia.