The Richmond Times-Dispatch, a right-leaning Virginia newspaper, decided not to endorse a candidate for governor in the close race between the state’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and businessman Terry McAuliffe (D).

Virginia paper refuses to endorse Cuccinelli for governor

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“The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry’s derision,” the paper wrote in an editorial Sunday. “The third-party alternative [libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis] has run a more exemplary race yet does not qualify as a suitable option. We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor.

“This does not gladden us. Circumstance has brought us to this pass. This marks, we believe, the first time in modern Virginia that The Times-Dispatch has not endorsed a gubernatorial nominee.”

What the paper had to say specifically about Cuccinelli:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli rigged the process for the Republican nomination when his minions changed the system from a primary to a convention, which they considered more likely to produce their desired outcome. The switch mocked Cuccinelli’s advertised fealty to first principles. The expression of raw power would have delighted sachems of Tammany Hall. Virginia does not welcome an in-your-face governor.

The election has gained national attention because of Cuccinelli’s high-profile role in the fight against “Obamacare” and McAuliffe’s close ties to the Clintons.

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h/t Playbook