Terry McAuliffe, who was Virginia's governor from 2014 to 2018, won a Democratic primary and sealed his spot to compete for his old job in an election on Nov. 2, 2021.
He defeated Democrats Jennifer D. Carroll Foy, Lee Carter, Justin Fairfax and Jennifer McClellan in a primary election for governor on June 8. Caroll Foy was recently a member of Virginia's House of Delegates; Carter is a current member. Fairfax is the state's lieutenant governor. And McClellan is a member of Virginia's State Senate.
McAuliffe will face a Republican and three Independents in Virginia's gubernatorial election.
Republican Glenn Youngkin beat six candidates at the party's state convention in May for the nomination. Youngkin, a businessman, has never sought office before; he was most recently co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, a private-equity firm.
The Independents are Princess Blanding, Paul Davis and Brad Froman: None of them have held office before.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, was unable to run for re-election because Virginia's laws limit governors to holding one four-year term consecutively. Northam would be able to run for governor again in 2025.
Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General
Virginia State Del. Hala Ayala won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor and incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring won the Democrat's bid to retain his position in primary elections on June 8 as well.
Ayala will battle Republican Winsome Sears in November's election: Assuming Ayala or Sears wins, Virginia would have its first female lieutenant governor. Herring will face Republican State Del. Jason Miyares in the fall.
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