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McAuliffe promises bipartisanship as governor

Wednesday - 11/6/2013, 8:51pm  ET

Virginia Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, left, signs autographs during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Tysons Corner, Va. McAuliffe won over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

McAuliffe lays out agenda, pledges ethics reforms

Hank Silverberg, WTOP


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov-elect Terry McAuliffe is striking a bipartisan chord following his narrow Democratic win over Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe phoned Republican lawmakers Wednesday to talk about ways he can work with them once he takes office in January. He said voters are looking for bipartisanship over showmanship.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman told an afternoon news conference that he spent the morning calling Republican legislators to sound them out on ideas, and to start building relationships.

McAuliffe prevailed over Cuccinelli in a campaign that was driven by negative advertising, accusations of dodgy dealings and a tea party-backed nominee who tested the limits of swing-voting in Virginia.

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