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Politics Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia governor vying for old job, wins Democratic primary

03:45  09 june  2021
03:45  09 june  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Terry McAuliffe captured the Democratic nomination for his old job on Tuesday, easily dispatching four party rivals to set up an expensive general election that will test how liberal Virginia has become and present the first major referendum at the ballot box on the Democratic Party under President Biden. He’s linking Mr. McAuliffe and the current Virginia governor , Ralph S. Northam, to argue that Virginia Democrats have taken a moderate state sharply to the left since gaining total control of the State Capitol. Virginia Republicans, however, are at a low ebb. Not only are they shut out of every

Former governor is likely to win his party’s nomination again Tuesday, setting up a November contest against Republican Glenn Youngkin. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaking to supporters while campaigning last week in Charlottesville, Va . Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. “More of the same old is not unifying to people who support Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren,” Ms. Hoffman said, adding she thought Mr. McAuliffe was effectively blocking the potential for the first Black woman to win a governorship . Ms. Carroll Foy said she would work tooth and nail to help the nominee beat

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is still in the running to win back his old job, coming out on top among the five candidates competing in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, the Associated Press projected.

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In November, McAuliffe will face Trump-endorsed Republican Glenn Youngkin, a successful businessman and political newcomer who won the nomination at the Virginia GOP's rank-choice voting "unassembled" convention in May.

McAuliffe prevailed over state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, which means Virginia won't make history in November by electing the nation's first Black woman governor. He also beat Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second African American elected to statewide office in the commonwealth whose campaign was hampered by 2019 sexual assault allegations, which Fairfax denied. Del. Lee Carter, a progressive unafraid to buck his own party, was the other candidate on the ballot.

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Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe leads a slate of Democratic candidates vying on Tuesday for the party's gubernatorial nomination in a race that could offer signs of where voters stand after a divisive 2020 presidential election. The winner of the primary will face off in November against Republican The contest in Virginia , which with New Jersey is holding governor 's elections this year, is shaping up as a competitive statewide test for both parties following Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory with a record number of votes and Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud.

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Mike Boland et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, second from left, talks about his endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary of former governor Terry McAuliffe, third from left, during a quick rally in Richmond, Va., June 4, 2021. © Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, second from left, talks about his endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary of former governor Terry McAuliffe, third from left, during a quick rally in Richmond, Va., June 4, 2021.

Since announcing his campaign in December, McAuliffe, who first served as the commonwealth's top executive between 2014 and 2018, was the front-runner -- a status he held onto throughout the primary campaign despite his opponents making the case, especially in the final stretch, that he was not the right candidate for Virginia Democrats this cycle.

Ralph Northam et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera © Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

"McAuliffe barely won his election in 2013 against an extreme Trump Republican, so I do believe that we jeopardize our (House of Delegates) majority and the governorship if we put up McAuliffe as a nominee going into November," Carroll Foy told ABC News last week.

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Terry McAuliffe has entered the race to reclaim his old job . McAuliffe , who governed the state as a moderate Democrat from 2014 to 2018, announced at an event at a Richmond elementary school on Wednesday he was joining the Democratic primary field to seek a second term. McAuliffe is not the only person seeking the Democratic nomination in the commonwealth ahead of next year’s gubernatorial race. The former Democratic National Committee chairman will have to best three other candidates, all of whom are black: Virginia House of Delegates member Jennifer Carroll Foy, state

Then- Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe arrives at the election night rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam in Fairfax, Va ., November 7, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters). The former governor has a substantial edge over his competitors in both name recognition and fundraising. In Virginia , several Democratic candidates are preparing to square off in tomorrow’s primary election, fighting for the chance to face Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, who has already secured the GOP nomination. Youngkin is a long-time businessman who early last month defeated six other GOP

In 2013, McAuliffe won the governor's mansion against then-Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli later served in the Trump administration as acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and then acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Youngkin is already planning to weaponize Carroll Foy's criticism of McAuliffe against the nominee.

His campaign is launching new TV and digital ads Wednesday. One of the 30-second spots features Carroll Foy repeatedly blasting McAuliffe, at one point saying, "He failed the people of Virginia, so why does he deserve a second chance?"

"We need a new leader who will move Virginia forward and not back," Carroll Foy says in the last clip, referring to her own candidacy.

But the ad then cuts to Youngkin saying, "A new kind of leader to bring a new day to Virginia."

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The former governor of Virginia , four years removed from the end of his first term, is vying for another shot at leading the commonwealth, running as the closest thing to an incumbent in a place that bars governors from serving successive terms. With less than three months until the Democratic gubernatorial primary , McAuliffe -- who faced no primary challenge eight years ago -- is now being pushed by younger, more liberal challengers to explain how a leader synonymous with the political establishment reflects the future of the commonwealth and not the politics of a bygone era.

Virginia Democratic voters are heading to the polls in the party’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, capping off a campaign that has been dominated by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). But McAuliffe ’s Democratic opponents argue that Virginians are hungry for new leadership, in particular leadership that reflects the party’s progressive wing. This was on display during last week’s primary debate, where McAuliffe fielded attacks from his opponents, who called him uninspiring and “out of touch.”

While only 3.5 points separated McAuliffe and Cuccinelli in 2013, the Democrat's victory broke the so-called "Virginia curse" of candidates losing the commonwealth's off-year gubernatorial race if they had the same party affiliation as the current occupant of the White House.

McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017, due to a unique Virginia law that bars governors from serving consecutive terms. Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed his predecessor -- and potential successor -- in April.

But since McAuliffe's 2013 victory, Virginia has trended bluer -- though political observers in the state warn Democrats shouldn't get too comfortable.

a person standing on a city street: Glenn Youngkin, a Republican running for Virginia governor, speaks to voters during a meet and greet in Lynchburg, Va., Feb. 9, 2021. © The Washington Post via Getty Images Glenn Youngkin, a Republican running for Virginia governor, speaks to voters during a meet and greet in Lynchburg, Va., Feb. 9, 2021.

In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump lost the commonwealth, which was considered a presidential battleground, by about five points, but in 2020, his losing margin nearly doubled. Northam, then-lieutenant governor, beat Republican Ed Gillespie by nearly nine points. Two years later, Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in over 20 years, delivering the party a government "trifecta."

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As the first major contest since President Joe Biden's inauguration, November's election will test whether Virginia's blue wave was a rejection of Republicans outright or more closely tied to Trump.

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"Virginia is still competitive," Larry Sabato, the founder and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told ABC News in May ahead of the GOP convention. "The problem is (the GOP candidates) created a record for themselves on Trump. They have only said positive things -- positive to very positive. ... Terry McAuliffe has been around the block a few times. He knows how to link them to Trump."

Trump may not be on the ballot or in the White House this fall, but since Youngkin's nomination, McAuliffe, his campaign and the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) have worked to do exactly that.

On Monday, Virginia Democrats launched a press tour called, "Where Trump Leads, Glenn Follows," dispersing party leaders and activists across the commonwealth to blast Youngkin, especially his central campaign pillar of "election integrity," and connect him to Trump and the former president's "big lie" that election was "stolen" from him.

WaPost fact checker gives McAuliffe four Pinocchios over claim tying budget deficit to GOP .
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