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Candidates for Governor Face Off in Blacksburg for Final Debate

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Two men gunning for the Virginia governorship faced off for the final time Thursday night.

Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli tackled the topics by attacking each other. The University of Virginia Center for Politics says the debate changed nothing in the race and McAuliffe will likely call the governor's mansion home in January.

A series of attacks - some playful and others not - dominated the final debate between two men who want to be the next governor of Virginia. McAuliffe and Cuccinelli say, if elected, they want to be remembered most for job creation. Cuccinelli touted his plan to add 58,000 new jobs and lower taxes on businesses and individuals.

"More people are dying for the dignity of work and I mean full-time work, not Obamacare part-time work," Cuccinelli said.

McAuliffe promised no new taxes and said his plan heavily relies on a Medicaid expansion to free up money.

Neither candidate wants to privatize the state's public universities. Cuccinelli pointed to online learning as a cost-effective tool to lower tuition rates.

"Middle-class families are getting squeezed and they're coming out with more and more debt," Cuccinelli said.

McAuliffe said he will seek additional state funding for higher education and increase financial aid opportunities.

"It is so important to make sure every one of our children who want to go on and have higher education, that they have that opportunity," McAuliffe said.

The candidates also said they would reach across party lines to get the job done. Both campaigns have raised a combined $40 million so far, making this the most expensive governor's race in state history.

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