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Abortion foes focus on vote in Virginia

Group seeking clout, catalyst

WASHINGTON — A leading antiabortion group plans to use Virginia’s 2013 statewide races as a strategic proving ground ahead of next year’s midterm elections, raising the stakes in a gubernatorial contest marked by heated debate over social issues.

The Susan B. Anthony List said in February that it would spend $1.5 million to boost Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, a Republican, in his gubernatorial race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. But the group’s interest in the commonwealth goes beyond its pledge to Cuccinelli, a longtime abortion foe.

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