ABC 8: Meet the 13 candidates hoping to be Virginia’s next governor - Terry McAuliffe

ABC 8: Meet the 13 candidates hoping to be Virginia’s next governor

Thirteen candidates are vying to be Virginia’s next governor, a crowded field getting recognition for being the most diverse in the commonwealth’s history. 

So far, leading the pack is former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who didn’t officially announce his run until Dec. 8 but still raised more than all other candidates, Republicans included, combined. In total, McAuliffe’s campaign received more than $5.7 million from Aug. 12 until Dec. 31, 2020, according to the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project and state records. 


Former Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is trying to follow in the footsteps of Mills Godwin as the only person to serve as Virginia’s governor more than once. The state constitution prevents incumbents from running for back-to-back terms but Godwin won as a Democrat in 1965 and as a Republican in 1973.McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, was elected as Virginia’s governor in 2013, the first time he had run for political office. If elected, McAuliffe says he will push for an assault weapons ban and the creation of an agency to combat gun violence in Virginia as part of his gun control platform.

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