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Virginia Republicans launch website to play up Mark Warner's record on Obamacare

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Virginia Republicans launched a new website, MarkWarnerRecord.com, on Thursday to highlight the Democratic senator's support of Obamacare ahead of November's midterm elections.

"Mark Warner can't run from his record," state Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins said in an email statement.

Republicans across the country are hoping to use the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act to their advantage during the 2014 election cycle, and Virginia is shaping up to be no different. The newly released website highlights Warner's vote and support for Obamacare.

"Mark Warner has an abysmal record to run on," the press release adds. "His single biggest accomplishment is casting the 60th vote that gave us Obamacare."

The website highlights statements made by Warner over the years in support of the health care law. It aims to show him as the 60th and deciding vote in the Senate to pass the president's signature health care law.

"While this legislation is far from perfect, I believe it will start to curb soaring health care costs for consumers and businesses, reduce our federal budget deficits over time, and extend the life of the Medicare program," the website shows Warner saying in a statement from 2009.

A message left at Warner's office was not immediately returned Thursday, but the office — like many others in the Washington, D.C., area — was closed because of the winter storm that blanketed the area with as much as a foot of snow.

To his credit, Warner still leads in the polls. A new poll conducted by Republican firm Harper Polling for the center-right American Action Network shows the incumbent Democrat up by 6 points over GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, 44 percent to 38 percent, among likely voters. The poll shows Warner is viewed favorably by 47 percent of respondents.

Virginia Republicans will hope for a different outcome running on health care this year. In 2013, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli attempted to make the race a referendum on Obamacare and was beaten by Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

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