Virginia

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.

Justin Fairfax says polygraph tests support his sexual assault denial

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D).
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) said Sunday that he voluntarily took polygraph exams that support his defense that he did not sexually assault two women who leveled accusations against him earlier this year.

"When asked: 'Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Vanessa Tyson?,' Lt. Governor Fairfax answered 'no.' The polygraph examination showed that this was a truthful answer.
"When asked: 'Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Meredith Watson?,' Lt. Governor Fairfax answered 'no.' The polygraph examination showed that this was a truthful answer."