Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was one step closer to regaining his old office after defeating four other Democrats in the first round on Tuesday.
related news agencies Called a match for him shortly after the poll closed in Virginia.
McAuliffe’s decisive victory in the field sparked a closely watched general election race with Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin. which was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
McAuliffe’s main race is Senator Jennifer McClellan and former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, both of whom aim to become the first black woman to be elected governor in the United States, Lt. Col. Justin Fair. Fax and Dale Carter State also participated in the competition.
Virginia’s out-of-year elections are often seen as the bell for the national mood. In nine of the last 10 gubernatorial races, the White House party lost the race in Virginia.
McAuliffe accepted that trend when he narrowly won the first term in 2013.
The former entrepreneur and chairman of the Democratic National Committee has spent most of his time fighting the Republican-led legislature on hot issues such as abortion and gun rights. He also has a focus on economic development. It has seriously attracted Amazon in its successful push to bring its second headquarters to Northern Virginia (current Governor Ralph Northam has finally signed the deal).
McAuliffe lamented the White House after the end of his term in 2018, but was disqualified after President Biden, whom he called his current friend, entered the main office.
If he wins in November, McAuliffe will be only the second two-term Virginia governor since the end of the Civil War. The Virginia constitution prohibits consecutive races, and McAuliffe is endorsed by Northam, who is expected to retire from political life after his term ends.
McAuliffe and Youngkin, former CEO of the Carlyle Group, have something in common: Both men are wealthy. Living in a suburban Washington, D.C., McAuliffe is a prolific fundraiser that counts U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Bill Clinton as allies, while Youngkin has plowed over $12 million of his own money. in the campaign
When McAuliffe took the lead in elections and democratic primary funding, it was easy. The pair took off right after Youngkin won the GOP nomination meeting in May.
Youngkin has chosen McAuliffe as a “career politician” who has failed to solve the problems of Virginians. And immediately after McAuliffe’s win, the Youngkin campaign launched two ads that attacked McAuliffe, including one featuring a clip from Carroll Foy, the main antagonist endorsed by some progressive groups, saying McAuliffe “failed the people of Virginia.” (Carroll Foy said Monday she would ultimately support the Democratic nominee, even if she lost.)
McAuliffe has repeatedly criticized Youngkin’s embrace of Trump. He argued that he would offer a radical perspective on issues such as abortion and LGBTQ protections that would endanger public welfare and state economies.
“We can’t bring life. life science and renewable energy jobs come into a discriminatory state,” McAuliffe said in a campaign hiatus in Richmond on Monday.
Republicans have not won statewide elections in Virginia since 2009 when Bob McDonnell was elected governor.
Tucker Martin, a former McDonnell communications director, said the GOP faced an “unprecedented” adversary. McAuliffe was able to take advantage of his experience and connections in his campaign.
Still, Martin, who also introduced Ed Gillespie in an unsuccessful match against Northam in 2017, predicts Trump will not play as much this year as he did. in that competition “When he essentially blocks out sunlight,” Martin said, it can create a more favorable environment for Republicans because of Trump’s unpopularity in states where he loses 10 percent by 2020. Democrats, on the other hand, must create a sense of urgency without Trump appearing across the Potomac.
“When you win this much It is difficult to maintain that energy and intensity,” Martin said.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said Trump’s shadow continues to rise above the race because of the ongoing coverage he has created.
“Yes, Youngkin makes a good image,” Sabato said, “but it dents easily. Maybe even ruined, because he’ll have a big ‘R’ next to his name and he has a strong connection with Donald. Trump for sure.”