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RICHMOND, VA, November 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his concession speech last night, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he lost the election, but the “first principles” that animated him will win.

“Virginians still cherish” those principles – such as the foundational respect for life, marriage, and constitutional liberty – “that Virginians brought forward to the whole world.”

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He said his campaign “starts, as it always should with proper campaigns in America, with first principles.”

“The battle goes on,” he said. 

Cuccinelli, an outspoken pro-life conservative, lost a narrow election to pro-abortion Democrat Terry McAuliffe last night. 

After thanking his campaign workers, “thousands of volunteers,” and his large family for their hard work, he highlighted how the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, will fuel opposition to big government for years – and elections – to come.

“The more Virginians see their liberty eroded, through a bigger government and an out-of-control health care law…the more brightly that flame of liberty is going to burn in Virginia,” he said.

Despite the loss to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, those at Cuccinelli campaign headquarters told LifeSiteNews.com last night the state will continue to reflect its largely conservative constituency.

Virginia Delegate Jim Massie told LifeSiteNews.com that Virginia has a “very strong marriage amendment” in favor of traditional marriage, and the gubernatorial election will not affect that.

Despite Cuccinelli's loss, “we have a 66 percent majority in the House of Delegates,” he said. “Any significant changes have to come through us. We’re going to be a very strong advocate for fiscal and social conservatism.”

Pro-lifers vowed to remain active in the state and national Republican Party. Claire Livesay, a Richmond-area resident and Cuccinelli supporter who said she used social media to get out the vote, told LifeSiteNews she backed Cuccinelli because of his social conservatism.

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In a moment of unexpected excitement, supporters of amnesty for illegal immigrants crashed the party. Just as the poll results showed McAuliffe reversing Cuccinelli's early lead, demonstrators who support amnesty began shouting. As security escorted them out, one told LifeSiteNews.com they support “comprehensive” reform.

Hispanics voted heavily for the Democratic candidate in last night's election.

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