Cuccinelli: 'This Race Came Down to the Wire Because of Obamacare'

By Susan Jones | November 6, 2013 | 7:00 AM EST

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli delivers his concession speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

( - Although he lost the race for Virginia governor, Republican Ken Cuccinnelli told his supporters Tuesday night that they "have made a difference" and "have sent a message" about Obamacare.

"We said this race was a referendum on Obamacare, and although I lost, tonight you sent a message to the president of the United States that you believe -- that Virginia understands that Obamacare is a failure and that you want to be in charge of your health care -- not the government.

"At last count I was aware of -- and despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million dollars -- this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare. Let me say that again. Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million dollars, this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare.

"That message  will go out across America tonight."

"This administration told us that Virginians could keep their health insurance and their doctors and that their costs wouldn't rise under Obamacare, but that was not true. And they knew it wasn't true.

"We were lied to by our own government in its effort to restrict our liberty."

Cuccinelli said he's disappointed in the outcome of the race, but he is proud that his campaign focused on "first principles" and "serious ideas based on those principles."

"We fought for the principles that were first articulated for the whole world by Virginians. And this is no ordinary governorship, he said. "This is the seat first occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, a thought that every time I considered it, I found very humbling. Serving as governor of Virginia is a special honor, and I hope Terry McAuliffe is successful in the role. Virginia needs that to happen."