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Virginia voters worried about economy first, then health care

Wednesday - 11/6/2013, 7:11am  ET

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TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) -- Voters going to the polls to choose a new governor in Virginia today have had the economy on their minds. That's the indication from the preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks.

The economy was the top issue for just about half of the people surveyed, with health care a distant second. That issue was cited by one-quarter of voters.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli has pinned his hopes on voter frustrations with the health care law, which Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe supports.

One out of five voters called abortion the top issue. Voters were barraged with a series of commercials that tied Cuccinelli to restrictions on abortions.

Turnout in today's election was expected to be around 40 percent, and both candidates leaned on their campaign organizations to find every last supporter.

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APPHOTO RIC107: Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, right, talks to voters at the Atlee High School voting precinct in Hanover, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Cuccinelli faces Democrat Terry McAuliffe in today's election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (5 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO VAJM110: Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe answers questions from the media after voting on election day in McLean, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. At right of McAuliffe are his wife Dorothy and son Peter. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (5 Nov 2013)

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