Jun 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic primary for Virginia governor

Image of Terry McAuliffe at a campaign event.
Terry McAuliffe speaks to supporters at a campaign event on June 4, 2021 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Democrats on Tuesday nominated former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the state's November gubernatorial election, per AP.

Why it matters: McAuliffe, who entered the primary in December as a clear front-runner, beat four Democratic candidates to secure the nomination.

  • The others struggled to keep pace with McAuliffe's name recognition and fundraising.

What's next: The close ally of President Biden's will face Trump-endorsed Youngkin in November in what's expected to be a competitive election as Republicans seek to win their first statewide office since 2009.

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