Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) won the Virginia Democrat primary in a blowout Tuesday and will now face off against Republican Glenn Youngkin in the race to replace Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is term-limited and cannot seek reelection this year.
The Associated Press called the race soon after polls closed at 7:00 p.m. local time.
McAuliffe, who was narrowly elected as governor of the state in 2013, decisively beat out four other candidates, three of whom were racial minorities, including two who were each hoping to become the first black woman governor as well as current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D).
McAuliffe spoke to supporters in a victory speech Tuesday night, announcing, “What a great night for Virginia! Are you ready to light it up?”
“I want to thank you,” he continued. “All of the supporters who are in this room and all of the people who