Politics Terry McAuliffe going to New York to raise campaign cash for Virginia gubernatorial campaign
McAuliffe win sets up Virginia clash with outsider Youngkin
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, a longtime fixture of Democratic politics, handily won his party’s nomination for Virginia governor in his quest for a second term, setting up what’s expected to be a hotly contested general election against a wealthy businessman and political newcomer, GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin. In his victory speech Tuesday night, McAuliffe made the case that Youngkin is too conservative for a state that's long beenIn his victory speech Tuesday night, McAuliffe made the case that Youngkin is too conservative for a state that's long been trending blue.
- Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe is going to New York to raise campaign cash.
- The gathering is set for June 17, and it will be one of McAuliffe's first in-person fundraising events since capturing the party's nomination.
- Tickets start at $1,000 and go up to $5,000.
Terry McAuliffe is heading to New York for a fundraising event that will feature some of the Democratic Party's most affluent donors as he prepares for what will likely be an expensive general election fight to reclaim the Virginia governor's office.
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.
McAuliffe, whothe Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday, is coming to the Big Apple later this month. New York businessman and Democratic donor Dennis Mehiel will host McAuliffe at an event at his home, according to an invitation obtained by CNBC.
The gathering is set for June 17, and it will be one of McAuliffe's first in-person fundraising events since capturing the party's nomination. McAuliffe previously served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018, preceding fellow Democrat Ralph Northam. Politicians cannot serve consecutive gubernatorial terms in Virginia.
Tickets start at $1,000 and go up to $5,000. Other prominent figures on the host committee include Mike Kempner, a public relations executive who founded the media relations juggernaut MWW; Tonio Burgos, the CEO of lobbying shop TBA; Jill Iscol, a longtimeto former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and Sam Nappi, the chairman of Alliance Energy.
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Democrats want to make the campaign another referendum on Trump. Republicans want to be the party of change as McAuliffe seeks another term.Even before McAuliffe's blowout primary victory on Tuesday, Virginia Democrats were eagerly casting GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity executive, as an avatar of the former president. During McAuliffe's Tuesday night victory party, he said that the two are aligned on key issues, adding that Youngkin is "not a reasonable Republican." Cries of "Trumpkin" broke out from some in the crowd.
The fundraiser is expected to be a "small event with decent-sized individual contributions," Mehiel said. He referred a request for further comment to the McAuliffe campaign, which did not return an email seeking comment. Mehiel is close to President Joe Biden.
The New York fundraiser comes as the Virginia gubernatorial race kicks into an expensive phase. McAuliffe himself is a prolific fundraiser and has deep ties to the Clinton family.
Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe's Republican opponent and a former Carlyle Group executive, has said he wants to raise $75 million for his run for the governor's office. Data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows Younkin has already loaned his campaign over $12 million. His campaign has raised just under $16 million through May.
Medium Buying says the Youngkin campaign has spent just over $1 million on ads since he won the Republican nomination.
McAuliffe,, has raised nearly $15 million overall.
McAuliffe favored as polls close in Virginia primary .
The former governor has consistently led the field of Democratic gubernatorial candidates in polling and fundraising.McAuliffe has been the wire-to-wire favorite in the Democratic gubernatorial primary since entering the race last December, significantly outraising his four other opponents and staking out a sizable lead in public polling throughout the race.