News AP Exclusive: Northam endorses McAuliffe for Va. governor

by Tyler Lopez

Northam, the outgoing governor since January, said he is backing McAuliffe, a former state senator and member of the Democratic National Committee.

“Terry’s life experience and political experience make her the best candidate to continue my work in a difficult time for our state,” Northam said in a statement. “I am proud to endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor.”

Northam also endorsed his 2019 successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces a separate sexual assault allegation that could derail his campaign. Fairfax has denied that allegation. Both men are Democrats running for statewide office this year.

McAuliffe said she was “honored” by Northam’s support and said she was excited about the opportunity to represent Virginia in Richmond during a period when “we need strong leadership more than ever.”

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