In the race for the governor’s mansion in blue-trending Virginia, Democrats are poised to repeat their winning tactic from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: Take no chances, and nominate a well-known name-brand establishment figure rather than a left-wing wild card.
Terry McAuliffe, who is seeking a second term as governor after a one-term break due to Virginia’s state Constitution barring back-to-back terms, is the man to beat in the June 8 Democratic primary. The former Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate outraised and outpolled all of his competitors. He’s also racked up endorsements, including current Gov. Ralph Northam and House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn. Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin has been campaigning as if McAuliffe is the presumptive nominee.
Progressives might be disappointed by the rallying around McAuliffe rather than wider enthusiasm around a candidate more in line with far-left ideological aims. Others worry his nomination will lock out a chance of a potential black or