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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) officially threw his support behind Terry McAuliffe to succeed him, an endorsement that will likely further boost McAuliffe's standing as the frontrunner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary race.
Northam first unveiled the endorsement in a statement shared with , and later confirmed it via Twitter.
The current governor, who was preceded by McAuliffe, cannot serve a successive term in office under Virginia law.
Northam said Thursday that McAuliffe's "strong record of delivering for Virginians is exactly why we need him as our next governor."
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced that he approved a voting rights bill in the commonwealth that would "protect and expand access to the ballot box."The legislation, which has been dubbed the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, "prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election officials to get feedback or pre-approval for voting changes, and allows individuals to sue in cases of voter suppression," the Democratic governor's office said.
"We will need bold leadership ready to build a more equitable post-COVID economy that creates jobs, invests in workers, ensures equitable access to quality affordable health care, and rebuilds Virginia's thriving network of small businesses," he added.
McAuliffe, who was chair of the Democratic National Committee and co-chair of President Clinton's reelection campaign, later shared the AP article , writing he was "honored" to have Northam's backing.
"Governor Northam has been leading Virginia through this crisis so he knows exactly what it's going to take to rebuild from the pandemic: bold plans and tested leadership," he tweeted.
Governor Northam has been leading Virginia through this crisis so he knows exactly what it's going to take to rebuild from the pandemic: bold plans and tested leadership.
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Virginia and New Jersey this week joined other Democratic-led states moving ahead with new laws that would expand voting access -- a stark contrast to the Republican rush in statehouses across the country to make voting more difficult. © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on October 31, 2020 in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked voting measures across the country, 843 bills that would expand voting access, largely offered by Democrats, have been introduced in 47 states.
I am honored to have his support.- Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe)
McAuliffe has already received a number of notable endorsements, including from Speaker (D-Calif.), as well as Virginia House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D), Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) and state Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D), who are serving as his campaign co-chairs.
Late last month, Rep. (D-Va.) , becoming the first member of the commonwealth's congressional delegation to back him.
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has had his political career fully rehabilitated. His Democratic colleague, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, can’t be allowed to have the same career recovery. © Provided by Washington Examiner Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is running for his old post and last week decided to tout the fact that he had landed Northam’s endorsement. In case it hadn’t been clear that Northam has completely recovered from his blackface/Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo scandal two years ago, McAuliffe was among those who had called on Northam to resign. Now, he is “honored to have his support.