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Cuccinelli at a crossroads: Can his luck continue?

Sunday - 9/22/2013, 12:10pm  ET

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- For as rotten a ride as Ken Cuccinelli's Republican campaign for governor had two weeks ago, last week couldn't have been more different -- a charmed glide on gilded rails.

He won a major endorsement that Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe coveted. A new poll showed McAuliffe's August lead cut in half. And Cuccinelli avoided exposure to virulent mid-October headlines from a theft trial that he initiated against the governor's former chef because the case was settled Wednesday.

Now, the question is whether Cuccinelli can capitalize on it.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council endorsement helps ease the perception, particularly in northern Virginia, that Cuccinelli's conservative activism on issues such as abortion and gay rights would scare away business.

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