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With primary victory behind him, McAuliffe looks toward November election

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:47 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - On the day after he celebrated the successful end to his primary campaign, Terry McAuliffe was still savoring the size of his victory.

“Well, we were ecstatic, to win with 62% of the vote in a five-person primary,” McAuliffe told WDBJ7 Wednesday afternoon.

But with the party fight behind him, McAuliffe is now looking ahead to the Republican competition that stands in the way of another term as governor.

Glenn Youngkin is a private equity billionaire who is going to spend $75 million of his own money,” McAuliffe said. “He’s handpicked by Donald Trump. He has his total allegiance to Donald Trump.”

“Terry wants to be governor again, because he has nothing to do right now,” Youngkin countered during an interview with WDBJ7. “And he did a bad job back before, and now he wants Virginians to hire him again.”

The candidates offered a glimpse of the campaign ahead, that Virginia Tech Professor and WDBJ7 Political Analyst Bob Denton says will be notable in a number of ways.

“I think it’s going to be intense, very much attack-oriented,” Denton said. “A lot of outside money will come in, probably the most expensive gubernatorial campaign we’ve seen with more than $80 million on each side. And it will have national attention. So I anticipate a very aggressive fall campaign from both parties.”

The end of the primary might provide a short break from the high profile campaign, but not for long.

Denton said the candidates can’t afford to let the summer pass without getting serious about their campaigns, and the march toward Election Day November 2.

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