By Carol Vaughn —
Terry R. McAuliffe won the Democratic primary in Virginia Tuesday to become the party’s candidate for governor in the November election.
The former governor handily won his party’s nomination for a second term with over 61% of the vote according to unofficial results Tuesday night, prevailing over Jennifer L. McClellan, Jennifer D. Carroll Foy, Lee J. Carter, and Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax.
Governors in Virginia are not allowed to serve consecutive terms.
McAuliffe, who was governor from 2014 to 2018, will face Republican candidate and businessman Glenn Youngkin in the November election.
Hala S. Ayala Tuesday night appeared to have won the primary in the lieutenant governor race, leading over S. ‘Sam” Rasoul; Andria P. McClellen; Elizabeth R. Guzman, who withdrew from the race in April but whose name was on the ballot; Sean A. Perryman; Mark H. Levine; and Zavier JaMar Warren.
Incumbent Mark R. Herring prevailed over challenger Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones in the attorney general primary.
Accomack County voters participating in the primary chose McAuliffe with just over 71% percent of the votes cast, or 828 votes. Carroll Foy came in a distant second in the county with 14.41% of the vote, followed by McClellan with 8.15%.
In Northampton, 66.48%, or 470, voters cast their ballot for McAuliffe, with Carroll Foy coming in second with 19.52% of the vote and McClellan third with 9.34%.
Accomack voters chose Ayala for the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, with 53.63% of the vote, or 599 votes. McClellan came in second in the county with 13.7% of the vote and Levine ranked third, with 12.71%.
In Northampton, Ayala received 59.23% of the votes, or 401, with McClellan coming in second with 13.44% of the votes and Levine ranking third with 7.68%.
The race for attorney general was closer than the other Democratic statewide races in Accomack County, with Herring receiving 50.61% of the vote, or 579 votes, in Accomack, compared to Jones with 49.39%, or 565 votes.
In Northampton, Jones received 51.23% of the vote, compared to 48.77% for Herring.