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The campaigns for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are just beginning to dig into their respective opponent's histories.
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The campaigns for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are just beginning to dig into their respective opponent's histories.

The race for Virginia governor is already picking up steam, with both sides going on the attack.

Republicans have begun taking it to former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who has resigned from his position as chairman of GreenTech, an electric car company he founded that decided to build a factory outside of Virginia.

"The Cuccinelli folks are saying, you know, wait a minute. McAuliffe's involvement in this company is sort of used as his business experience, and he's not even involved in it anymore," says Kyle Kondik, analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

University of Mary Washington professor Steven Farnsworth says this is an issue that voters will hear about for the rest of the campaign.

"The Republicans will be able to get some traction in their arguments about McAuliffe and his business background," Farnsworth says.

Democrats are firing back at Republican Attorney Ken Cuccinelli, accusing him of having a cozy relationship with a Goochland County businessman who may have benefited from one of Cuccinelli's rulings in 2010.

"You are going to get some traction on the Democratic side complaining about the Republican attorney general and the governor's too-cozy relationship and the lack of disclosure," Farnsworth says.

That means television viewers should be prepared for a record-breaking amount of money being spent on television commercials headed into the election this fall.

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