McAuliffe attacks Youngkin during nomination acceptance speech

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night
2021 Democratic Governor Nominee VA
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:54 PM EDT
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MCLEAN, Va. (Gray DC) - Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is a step closer to getting back in the governor’s mansion. Tuesday night, The Associated Press declared him the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

McAuliffe’s victory speech focused on going after GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe blasted his Republican opponent and even said he would be a job destroyer for Virginia.

Heading into Election Day, McAuliffe was the clear front-runner in this race. His four Democratic opponents trailed far behind him in the results. Now, McAuliffe’s attention turns to the November general election.

McAuliffe tried rallying the Democrats behind his campaign by arguing the GOP would undo the progress he and Gov. Ralph Northam (D) pushed through over the past two terms.

McAuliffe linked his Republican opponent with former President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Those names drew boos from the crowd at his headquarters.

“I don’t have to tell you about the progress that we have made over the last eight years under my administration and Gov. Northam,” McAuliffe said. “We are a different state than we were eight years ago, and we are not going back.”

The crowd at his headquarters was in an upbeat mood and were energized about this year’s election. McAuliffe and supporters said it’s a sign that the commonwealth is moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.

McAuliffe said it’s going to take a smart, seasoned leader to continue navigating Virginians through this economic and health care crisis. He promised, if elected, he would make sure Virginians see a $15 minimum wage and that all residents have broadband access in their homes in the next two years.

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