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.
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