Politics Virginia Democrats play it safe and hand former Gov. Terry McAuliffe a primary win
McAuliffe embraces Biden in bid for second term as Virginia governor
McAuliffe, hoping to win a nonconsecutive second term as Virginia governor in 2022, faces a crowded Democratic primary on June 8."The president says don't wear masks inside," McAuliffe parried before putting on the mask. "I don't like to argue with Joe Biden.
Terry McAuliffe is one step closer in his comeback quest to return to his former post as governor of Virginia, winning the primary for his party’s gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday as Virginia Democrats opted to play it safe rather than take a chance with a left-wing newcomer.
McAuliffe, 64, easily defeated four other candidates and will head to the November general election. He is seeking a second term as governor after a one-term break due to Virginia’s state Constitution barring the governor from holding back-to-back terms.
Virginia voters picking Democratic nominee for governor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters on Tuesday will decide the Democratic nominee in this year’s closely watched race for Virginia governor, whittling down a five-person field in which former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is widely viewed as having a commanding lead. McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who previously held office from 2014-2018, is seeking a rare return to the governor’s mansion in the only state that prohibits its chief executive from serving consecutive terms. The race in Virginia has taken on heightened importance as Democrats aim to hold onto power after assuming full control of state government in 2020.
He will face Republican gubernatorial nominee, a first-time candidate who was nominated last month by an “unassembled” party-controlled convention rather than a state-run primary. Youngkin, 54, is the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm and can largely self-fund his campaign, and some analysts think that Republicans have a shot to win a statewide election for the first time since 2009.
With McAuliffe officially set as Youngkin’s opponent, the stage is set for an insider-versus-outsider campaign. Not only is McAuliffe a former governor, he is also a longtime national party operative with ties to the Clintons whose stints include chairing Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, being a lead fundraiser Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign, and being chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005.
'Electability' poised for Biden-style comeback in Virginia: The Note
If Terry McAuliffe wins his party's nomination for Virginia governor on Tuesday, he will have Bidenism in part to thank. The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper Vice President Kamala Harris' first trip on foreign soil is underway, continuing her first foray into foreign policy with bilateral meetings with leaders in Guatemala and Mexico. The vice president, who has been tasked with stemming migration from Northern Triangle nations, will focus her diplomatic efforts on three areas: economic development, climate change and food insecurity, and women and young people. Harris' trip isn't just about how U.S.
Youngkin is embracing that message. On Wednesday, he will start airing athat laments the "same politicians taking us in the wrong direction" and flaunts that he is "not a politician" and his decades in business.
Inthat will start airing on Wednesday, Youngkin's campaign features McAulliffe's most prominent Democratic primary opponent: “Terry McAuliffe is not inspiring ... Failed to keep his promises ... We don't get change by recycling the same old politicians and policies of the past,” Former state Del. Jennifer Carrol Foy said in a supercut of clips from debates and interviews. “This is the future versus the past ... We need a new leader who will move Virginia forward and not back.” Cue Youngkin, standing with the sun on the horizon and promising to bring “a new day to Virginia.”
Virginia votes in primary, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe on ballot: What to know
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considered the front-runner in a race that includes three Black candidates, two of them women.The winner of that primary race will face off against Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, whom former President Donald Trump has endorsed, in the November election.
Left-wing progressives hoped that voters would embrace the possibility of electing the first black female governor in the country, with two black female candidates running: Foy and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan.
Foy had endorsements from prominent left-wing organizations, including the Sunrise Movement, Virginia Justice Democrats, and the Working Families Party, and spent the final primary debate last week takingat McAuliffe and arguing that he had “failed the people of Virginia” in his first term.
McAuliffe’s other opponents were Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who in 2019 faced allegations of sexual misconduct that he has repeatedly denied (and prompted him to compare himself toin a primary debate); and state Del. Lee Carter, a socialist who defeated the Republican House Majority Whip to win his seat in 2017.
Virginia’s off-year gubernatorial election had historically served as the first major test of a presidential administration and preview for the midterm elections.
Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia governor vying for old job, wins Democratic primary
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe came out on top in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, the AP projected. He will face GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin in November. 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, though, is well-prepared for a battle. As of March 31, the longtime Democratic fundraiser and insider hadnearly $10 million for his campaign, about $1.6 million from his Common Good Virginia leadership PAC.
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WaPost fact checker gives McAuliffe four Pinocchios over claim tying budget deficit to GOP .
A Washington Post fact check is giving Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, "four Pinocchios" after finding that he has, on at least three separate occasions, pushed a false claim that Republicans in the state are responsible for the budget deficit he inherited when he previously served in the governor's mansion. "I inherited the largest budget deficit in the history of the state from the Republicans," McAuliffe"I inherited the largest budget deficit in the history of the state from the Republicans," McAuliffe tweeted on June 10.