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Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are squaring off in a battle to replace Gov. Robert McDonnell in Richmond.

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McAuliffe and GOP offer plan for $2.4 billion budget shortfall

Most state spending will be trimmed by 3 percent to narrow Virginia’s deficit.

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Democrats try to balance environmental and business interests in Virginia

(Steve Helber / AP)

Gov. McAuliffe’s positions on pipeline proposal and climate change show difficulty of pleasing everyone.

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Warner maintains 22-point lead over Gillespie in Senate race, poll shows

(Bob Brown / AP)

Republican Gillespie still struggles with name ID in his quest to deprive Warner of a second term in Senate.

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McAuliffe defends pipeline support at climate-change meeting

(Steve Helber / AP)

Asked about a proposed pipeline, McAuliffe said it will be good for the environment, but activists disagree.

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Virginia Gov. McAuliffe pulls out checkbook when gifts exceed $100 limit

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Virginia’s governor included $409.90 reimbursement with thank-you note to Daniel Snyder for Redskins gear.

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With Medicaid expansion blocked, McAuliffe unveils modest plan to insure more Virginians

(Bob Brown / AP)

The plan is expected to insure an additional 25,000, far short of his original Medicaid expansion vow.

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Rand Paul to headline GOP fundraiser in swing state of Virginia

The senator from Kentucky and likely presidential contender will help fill state Republican coffers.

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McAuliffe backs 550-mile natural gas pipeline, disappointing environmentalists

(Bob Brown / AP)

The Democratic governor’s backing of the plan pleases energy interests but disappoints green activists.

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Gov. McAuliffe forms task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges

(Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he wants the state and its universities to be “out front on this issue.”