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Anti-abortion group spends big to make Ken Cuccinelli Virginia governor

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

A national anti-abortion group vowed to spend at least $1.5 million to help elect Republican Attorney General Ken as the next governor of Virginia.

The Susan B. Anthony List on Thursday endorsed Cuccinelli in his race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe and promised the financial support to boost the conservative Republican's campaign. Cuccinelli, a staunch opponent of abortion, has a long record of fighting abortion providers in the commonwealth.

"Ken Cuccinelli's record of fighting exploitation of the most vulnerable is not just a position that he takes, it is clearly an extension of who he is," said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "Ken's leadership in defending women against violence on campus and in fighting human trafficking in Virginia is entirely consistent with his stance in favor of protecting the innocent unborn."

The $1.5 million pledge is larger than any given out in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and it's only $500,000 less than the group spent all last year.

Democrats pounced on the news, insisting it was another sign that Cuccinelli has extreme conservative views that are out of the mainstream. Susan B. Anthony List is against abortion in all instances, including cases of raped, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

In the 2012 elections, the group supported two embattled U.S. Senate candidates -- Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock -- after their controversial comments opposing abortion in cases of rape created a national furor, Democrats noted.

"If they are giving Cuccinelli such a significant investment it's because they believe he is going to work to carry out their agenda," said Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond.

Last year, Cuccinelli blocked a State Board of Health ruling that would have exempted existing abortion facilities from strict new state regulations.

Cuccinelli's camp shot back that Democrats were the ones pushing their ideology on Virginians.

"Terry McAuliffe and his team are so out of touch with reality, that they believe if you don't agree with their ultra-liberal agenda then you must be attacked and defeated at all costs," Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said.

Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country, is already involved in the Virginia governor race, supporting McAuliffe and donating an anti-Cuccinelli website, www.KeepKenOut.org, to the Democrat's campaign.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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