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The Ad Responsible For Tightening The Governor's Race? See It Here!

When Sean Hannity is impressed with a television ad in a gubernatorial campaign, the ad gets notoriety. When Rush Limbaugh talks about it, it skyrockets. That's the case with an ad by Fight For Tomorrow that absolutely nails it when explaining the destructive policies of liberalism. The two most listened to radio talk show hosts recently praised a particular ad running in the Virginia governor's race, "Don't Detroit Virginia," (see below) that illustrates what liberal policies have done to once great cities and states, such as Detroit and California. (Detroit, as abundantly documented, looks like a war zone, with high crime, gutted buildings, schools in name only, destroyed families, high welfare and double digit unemployment; and has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. California, which recently passed a law to allow for more than two parents, has chronic high unemployment, out of control regulations, unaccountable public employee unions, and a debt larger than many countries.) It documents how everything from economic policy, excessive regulations, cronyism, social policies that fracture families, and failing and politically correct education, has led to rotting and bankrupt cities, dysfunctional schools, valueless culture, closed businesses and lost jobs, and high state debt from misguided and discredited programs, and the resulting family financial strain of higher taxes. In each case, these policies were enacted by liberal politicians who were elected and enabled by a "Gang of Five" — extremely liberal politicians, elitist media, smear groups and PACs, Wall Street liberals and Hollywood partisans.

If it sounds familiar, it's because these same groups are actively involved in Democrat Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor and they all have weighed in by attacking Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli, as well as the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain, respectively. The ad exposes this by showing the ties they have to McAuliffe and in focus groups it produces as much as an 8-point swing in voters' candidate preferences.

It ran early on in the campaign but Fight For Tomorrow does not have pockets as deep as the wealth liberal groups, and was pulled. The gap between the candidates grew. After the nationwide PR (both hosts talked it up heavily and played the audio, and Hannity combined it with an interview of Cuccinelli, click here), donations picked up and it went back on the air. Alex Pappas at The Daily Caller also featured a story on an another Fight For Tomorrow ad that features McAuliffe's gaffes and newspaper accounts that label him "deeply unserious" (see here).

The polls are now closing. Coincidence? It's amazing what the truth can do when told boldly. Fight For Tomorrow, comprised of five people who pooled some limited resources to get involved in this crucial race, can't compete financially with the rich liberal elite who are pounding Virginia's airwaves. However, along with its recent surge in donations and online presence, the ads are reaching thousands. They are below for you to view and forward to friends, family and church members, and to share on your social media sites.

Don't Detroit Virginia! Stop McAuliffe and the Gang of Five from ruining the Commonwealth. 

The Great One, Rush Limbaugh, delves into the ad, its content and its campaign implications. 

Terry McAuliffe: This ad documents that even his media friends think he is "deeply unserious."

Choose Life Plates Amendment Vote: Analysis Of The Yeas And Neas

Here's how they voted on the Cuccinelli floor amendment, which added Choose Life license plates to SB 817, the sale proceeds of which will benefit pregnancy resource centers:

YEAS — Colgan, Cuccinelli, Hanger, Hurt, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Puckett, Quayle, Ruff, Smith, Stolle, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins (20).

NAYS — Barker, Deeds, Edwards, Herring, Houck, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Northam, Petersen, Puller, Reynolds, Saslaw, Ticer, Whipple (19).

NOT VOTING — Blevins (1).

That's 18 of the 19 Republicans in the affirmative, with Senator Harry Blevins (R-14, Chesapeake), abstaining as is his want (he, apparently is not a fan of specialized plates and does not vote on any such legislation, just as he abstained in committee). Two Democrats, Senators Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas) and Phillip Puckett (D-38, Tazewell), joined the 18, while the remaining 18 Dems voted en bloc against. This is a perfect illustration of exactly how difficult it is to get even modest, middle ground life legislation through the House of Lords, err, Senate.

Interestingly, here is the vote on the bill itself, in its amended form (and where Senator John Watkins (R-10 Midlothian) earned the Trifecta Award for voting every which way possible: abstained in commitee, yes on the amendment — for which we are grateful — and no on the bill):

YEAS —Barker, Colgan, Cuccinelli, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Herring, Houck, Hurt, Lucas, Marsh, Martin, McDougle, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Newman, Norment, Northam, Obenshain, Petersen, Puckett, Quayle, Reynolds, Ruff, Smith, Stolle, Stosch, Stuart, Ticer, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Whipple (33).

NAYS —Howell, Locke, McEachin, Puller, Watkins (5).

NOT VOTING —Blevins, Saslaw (2).

This is where we get a sense of the true extreme, abortion-at-all-costs senators: Saslaw, Howell, Locke, McEachin and Puller. Not a vote between them for the amendment, nor the bill — which included a number of special plates designed to encourage tourism in different localities. They'd rather vote against the localities that would benefit than help avert abortions. For this gang of five, anything to do with life, even such a minuscule nod to helping crisis pregnancy centers, is an abomination. 

Questions for these senators: Do you agree abortion is a problem? If yes, then do you or do you not agree pregnancy resource centers contribute to solving the problem? If not, why not?