Terry McAuliffe uses Obama, 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington, to win youth, black women

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, desperate to win younger voters and African-Americans in his fight with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, is relying on the support of President Obama and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington to wow those voters and carry him across the finish line first.

Both Obama and Washington appeared at a Sunday rally for McAuliffe. Washington, fresh from appearing on "Saturday Night Live," also tweeted support for the Democrat, including a link to his webpage.

The youth voting group Rock the Vote told Secrets on Monday that the youth vote, especially that of young black women, will determine the winner of the election Tuesday.

Rock The Vote President Heather Smith said, "Young voters make up the largest and most diverse coming-of-age movement we’ve ever seen in Virginia; they have their ears on what’s happening from healthcare to student loan rates to the government shutdown. They’re ready to hit the starting line tomorrow and their turnout will drive the results of the election. Expect young voters to set the bar for the 'new normal' in transforming the politics of our democracy."

She noted that the younger voters don’t always go with the Democrat, though they did help Obama win Virginia. She said that in the last gubernatorial election, younger voters helped elect current Gov. Bob McDonnell, choosing the Republican over Democrat Creigh Deeds by a 54-percent to 44-percent margin.

In this election, polling suggests that younger voters, encouraged by McAuliffe's support from Obama and former President Clinton, lean Democrat. Getting them to vote, however, is the key.

The Democrats hope especially that the support from Obama and Washington inspires blacks, and black women specifically, to vote because they helped Obama win in 2012. About 60 percent of African-American women voted last year, and 98 percent of young black women picked Obama, said Rock the Vote.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.