Pop quiz: how closely did you follow the Va. gubernatorial race?

October 31, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli make small talk prior to their debate in McLean, Va., on Sept. 25. LINDA DAVIDSON / THE WASHINGTON POST

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have been jabbing at each other for what seems like forever. The intensely negative governor’s race has left many voters deeply dissatisfied (sample quote from a Virginian: “Yuck! What? Those are the choices?”), with some turning to Libertarian Robert Sarvis. As the mudslinging and general hoopla near an end, we look back on some of this very long race’s surprising moments. Which do you remember?

1. Which of the following is a real publication?
a. The Cuccinelli Compass
b. The Sarvis Star
c. The McAuliffe Meter

2. Fill in the blank: BuzzFeed compiled a surprisingly difficult quiz asking “Who said it: ______ or a character from ‘House of Cards’?”

3. Which candidate admitted to leaving his wife and newborn child in the car on the way home from the hospital to briefly attend a fundraiser? (Bonus: Where was that story published?)

4. Who said they were unsure if they would have voted for the bipartisan measure that brought the 16-day federal shutdown to an end?

5. Which reality TV show star or stars stumped for one of the candidates?
a. Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, “Jersey Shore”
b. Ty Pennington, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
c. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, “19 Kids and Counting”
d. Sarah Palin, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”

6. Who has been campaigning in his family’s Dodge Caravan?

7. Which candidate refused to name the positions in the governor’s cabinet when asked if he was able to?

8. What party took down racy posters that it had sent to college campuses? (Bonus point: What issue did they focus on?)

The Answers (No Peeking!)

1. Cuccinelli Compass: a long-running newsletter by the candidate. Sample quote: “Shopping is the perfect free market answer to this absurd protest. It will also give you the chance to see which retailers are cheating by employing ILLEGAL aliens.”

2. McAuliffe. Sample quote from the candidate featured on the quiz: “I could never drive in a great big car; people like me because I’m a man of the people, a hustler.’’

3. That would be McAuliffe, who for some reason boasted about the incident in his book, “What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals.”

4. Cuccinelli.

5. The Duggars campaigned for Cuccinelli, though his campaign said it did not invite the family to do its three-day tour of the state.

6. Sarvis, who doesn’t have paid staff or a headquarters, has logged more than 13,000 miles campaigning in the family car. He hosts meetings at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe near his Annandale, Va., townhouse.

7. McAuliffe told The Virginian-Pilot, “Maybe could, maybe couldn’t. That’s not what I’m going to do here today.”

8. Democrats. They had put up posters that said things like “Don’t let Election Day go down without you” to raise awareness of Cuccinelli’s support for the commonwealth’s anti-sodomy law.

Rachel Sadon is the local news editor for Express
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