Tech group endorses Cuccinelli in Virginia race

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"The TechPAC Board of Trustees concluded that Ken Cuccinelli's experience in Virginia government, command of the issues, and knowledge of key technology priorities will serve him well as Governor in working to ensure the Commonwealth remains a competitive and innovative global technology center," Dendy Young, chairman of the nonpartisan TechPAC and CEO of McLean Capital, LLC, said in a Monday morning statement.

The endorsement comes after a weekend of heavy lobbying by Democrat Terry McAuliffe's (D) campaign against the endorsement, amid fears it could weaken the candidate's message that he's better for business. 

McAuliffe's campaign sent in some big guns to try to ward off the endorsement: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) called on his behalf, and a number of state officials emailed warning against the move.

The organization stuck by its guns, though its parent group, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, released a separate statement that the political action committee's endorsement "may not in itself reflect the views of NVTC's membership," which has "deeply divided opinions" on the race and won't endorse.