Terry McAuliffe is one step closer in his comeback quest to return to his former post as governor of Virginia, winning the primary for his party’s gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday as Virginia Democrats opted to play it safe rather than take a chance with a left-wing newcomer.
McAuliffe, 64, easily defeated four other candidates and will head to the November general election. He is seeking a second term as governor after a one-term break due to Virginia’s state Constitution barring the governor from holding back-to-back terms.
He will face Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, a first-time candidate who was nominated last month by an “unassembled” party-controlled convention rather than a state-run primary. Youngkin, 54, is the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm and can largely self-fund his campaign, and some analysts think that Republicans have a shot to win a statewide election for the first time since 2009.
With McAuliffe officially