Biden tries to avoid becoming Terry McAuliffe's albatross in highly watched Virginia governor's race

Biden tries to avoid becoming Terry McAuliffe's albatross in highly watched Virginia governor's race


Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe abandoned his 2020 presidential ambitions when then-candidate Joe Biden, a longtime friend and fellow centrist, solidified his position as the Democratic nomination front-runner.

Now Biden may need to swallow his pride and stand aside so the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Clinton family ally can become Virginia’s second nonconsecutive two-term governor.

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Biden trounced former President Donald Trump in Virginia less than a year ago by 10 percentage points, so McAuliffe polling within the margin of error against Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin has Democrats skittish about the Nov. 2 race and the 2022 midterm elections.

The White House has denied the Virginia campaign is a referendum

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