Northam backs McAuliffe in Virginia governor primary


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday endorsed Terry McAuliffe in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, backing his predecessor out of a historically diverse field of candidates.

“While our Commonwealth has faced the most severe pandemic in our lifetimes this past year, I am so proud of the work we have done to turn the corner and bring Virginia into recovery,” Northam said in a statement. “The longer-term impacts of this pandemic, however, will be around long after I leave office, and it’s critical that our next governor has the plans and experience to continue the fight to rebuild Virginia into a stronger, more equitable future. That’s why I am so proud to support Terry McAuliffe to be our next governor.”

McAuliffe, who served a single term after he was elected

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