Women's Health: A Winning Issue

An Analysis of the 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Election
and What It Means for Future Elections

Terry McAuliffe’s victory over Ken Cuccinelli was driven by women voters in Virginia, after a campaign that centered in large part on the two candidates’ starkly differing view on women’s health.

Below you can watch a live panel debriefing, moderated by MSNBC's Irin Carmon, discussing the significant role of women's health and the work of Planned Parenthood Votes in the 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Election. The panel will feature McAuliffe for Governor Campaign Manager Robby Mook, Hart Research Associates President Geoff Garin, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Cianti Stewart-Reid, and Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Dawn Laguens

In the end, women won the Virginia Gubernatorial race for Terry McAuliffe.

  • He won women by 9 points — matching Obama’s 2012 advantage with Virginia women, beating his 2008 advantage with Virginia women by 2 points, and flipping Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's 8 point advantage with women that propelled him to victory in 2009. 
  • Notably, 20 percent of Virginia voters said abortion was the most important issue in determining their vote, and McAuliffe won 59 percent of those votes.
  • Among the rising Virginia electorate, McAuliffe won overwhelmingly, winning among unmarried women by 42 points, and among African-American women by 84 points.

You can read the full report here: "Women's Health: A Winning Issue. An Analysis of the 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Election".