Gun control groups say it’s not often a guy who proudly boasts an “F” National Rifle Association rating wins statewide office in Virginia, the backyard of the NRA.

That is why when Terry McAuliffe won the gubernatorial race by more than two percentage points Tuesday, gun control advocates jumped at the opportunity to claim a victory.

On the campaign trail, Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe explicitly supported closing the so-called gun show loophole. He vowed to expand background checks during a publicly-aired debate at Virginia Tech, the site of a deadly gun massacre. Meanwhile, his opponent Ken Cuccinelli advertised his “A” rating as a badge of honor.

“Its a very significant turning point in the commonwealth of Virginia,” says Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who credits the gun issue for securing his own victory in 2010. He adds “in a very highly contested, highly divided state the Democrat, espousing reasonable gun control, prevailed.” Read more . . .

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