RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Ken Cuccinelli says his supporters still sent a message to Washington on the nation’s health care law, despite his loss to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the pitched race for Virginia governor.

An emotional Cuccinelli addressed supporters in Richmond on Tuesday after conceding the race to McAuliffe. Cuccinelli had cast the race as a referendum on the new federal health care law, saying his voters sent a message to President Barack Obama.

Cuccinelli said the health care law is a failure and the government lied about what it would deliver.

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Cucinnelli believes the race was much closer than anticipated because Virginians are outraged over the Affordable Care Act. He says frustrations are being intensified as more adults lose their existing coverage, which is something the White House previously stated would not happen.

“That was not true. And they knew it wasn’t true,” Cuccinelli said of the Obama administration’s claims.

Monica Dolle-Maranacci, who is battling significant health ailments, walked away in tears after the concession.

“(I’m) 65 years old. Two incurable cancers. It’s called end of life counseling,” Dolle-Maranacci told WNEW’s George Mesthos.

She says she isn’t sure what is going to happen to her current coverage or the medications she needs to survive.

Cuccinelli also noted that while his campaign was outspent by $15 million, he still took the race down to the wire.

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