Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe eyes another run for Virginia governor

In this image, McAuliffe stands and gestures at a podium while speaking.
McAuliffe speaks during the North American Building Trades Unions Conference on April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was popular when he left office last year, is hinting to Democrats that he may run for governor again in 2021.

Why it matters: McAuliffe, who bowed out of the 2020 presidential race, could help his party recover from the chain of scandals that began with the racist yearbook photo of McAuliffe's successor, current Gov. Ralph Northam (D).

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe rules out 2020 presidential bid

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has been mulling a presidential run for months, told CNN's Chris Cuomo in an interview late Wednesday that he will not be seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Why it matters: McAuliffe said he's laser-focused to help Virginia Democrats flip the narrowly divided GOP-controlled General Assembly, where Republicans hold a 2-seat margin in both chambers, in this year's legislative contests. Virginia Democrats are trying to recover from a political turmoil after 2 of their top state leaders admitted earlier this year to wearing blackface in the past and another accused of sexual assault.