Terry McAuliffe wins Democratic nomination in Virginia governor race

AP projects the former governor will be on November’s ballot

Terry McAuliffe delivers his acceptance speech after winning the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor.

ROANOKE, Va. – Terry McAuliffe is one step closer to once again calling the Virginia Governor’s Mansion home.

Virginia’s 72nd governor beat out former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, current Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan and Delegate Lee Carter.

Terry McAuliffe(D)
Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
Jennifer McClellan(D)
Justin Fairfax(D)
Lee Carter(D)
100% of Precincts Reporting

(2,584 / 2,584)

In November, he’ll go against Republican Glenn Youngkin who won the nomination last month.

After McAuliffe’s win, Youngkin released this statement:

While we differ mightily as to how to best serve Virginians, I want to thank the five contenders in today’s primary for running. I welcome Terry McAuliffe to the race and look forward to presenting our competing ideas for Virginia’s future.

Our Commonwealth is less safe than it was 8 years ago, does not provide the economic opportunity that Virginians deserve, and is more expensive for workers and families. Voters from across the political spectrum agree that we need a new kind of leader to bring a new day to Virginia. Get ready, because Terry McAuliffe will default to the same political games he’s played his entire life. I’m confident that voters will not choose a recycled, 40-year political insider and career politician who pretends to be a businessman, who talks big but doesn’t deliver, and who failed Virginians the first time he was governor. I am looking forward and moving beyond the politics of the past to bring people together around our shared values and rebuilding Virginia into the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family. Together we will reignite our economy, restore excellence in our schools, and reestablish our commitment to public safety. I invite every Virginian to join our team.

If McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s 74th governor, he’ll be the first person to win the office twice since Virginia’s 60th/62nd governor Mills Godwin did so in 1973. Godwin’s first term was from 1966 to 1970.

Here’s a look at what the Democrats McAuliffe defeated on Tuesday had to say:

I wanted to take a minute to share some of my remarks from tonight. To my supporters, donors, voters, and volunteers --...

Posted by Jennifer Carroll Foy on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Here is my full statement on the results of Virginia’s Democratic primary election:

Posted by Jennifer McClellan on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Neither Justin Fairfax nor Lee Carter has released a statement at this time.