Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination for governor in Virginia primary election

Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination for governor in Virginia primary election
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, greets supporters during a tour of downtown Petersburg, Va., Saturday, May 29, 2021. McAuliffe faces four other Democrats in the a primary June 8. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Source: Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has won the Democratic Party’s nomination in his quest for a second term in office.

Tuesday’s victory means the longtime fixture of Democratic politics will go on to face GOP political newcomer Glenn Youngkin in November.

McAuliffe held office from 2014 to 2018 but governors in the state are not allowed to run for consecutive terms.

Virginia is the only state in the nation with an open race for governor this year, and the contest is expected to be a closely watched barometer of voter sentiment heading into the midterm elections.

Republicans have not won a statewide race in Virginia in over a decade.

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