In a surprise, Cuccinelli wins Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC nod over McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Ken Cuccinelli won an endorsement in the governor’s race on Monday from one of northern Virginia’s most influential business groups over Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

TechPAC, the political action committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, endorsed Cuccinelli after a forum between the two candidates and private interviews with each.

As word of the decision got out over the weekend, allies of McAuliffe’s contacted the head of TechPAC to ask him to reconsider.

Dendy Young, the chairman of TechPAC, cited what he said was Cuccinelli’s “experience in Virginia government, command of the issues, and knowledge of key technology priorities” in a release announcing the endorsement over McAuliffe.

The endorsement came as a blow to McAuliffe, who’s running on a platform of “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

He has argued that Cuccinelli’s opposition to reproductive rights and gay rights and stance on climate change would make Virginia less attractive to businesses looking to expand or new start-up ventures.