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Women's group emerges to boost Ken Cuccinelli's campaign in Virginia

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

As Democrats ramp up attacks on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's record on women's health issues, anti-abortion advocates hope to combat the negativity with a new group: Women For Ken.

The Susan B. Anthony List, which has already pledged $1.5 million to help Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign, announced the organization's formation Wednesday. Its goal is to improve the Republicans' outreach with women and to mobilize volunteers to knock on doors and call voters. More than 45 women have signed on, the group said.

The group's website, www.WomenForKen.com, boasts that Cuccinelli is "passionate about issues women care about, such as improving Virginia's mental health system, combating sexual abuse, and fighting human trafficking."

Cuccinelli is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor.

Planned Parenthood is already up with its own website, www.KeepKenOut.com, which paints Cuccinelli as out of touch with women voters, particularly when it comes to women's health. Cuccinelli is a staunch opponent of abortion and recently attended a summit in Washington put on by the Susan B. Anthony List.

There's one clear distinction in the dueling websites. WomenForKen.com states the site is "not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee," while the Planned Parenthood site is "Authorized by Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor."

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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