Virginia will elect a new governor this November, one of the first state-wide races in the post-Trump era. Judging from the crowded field of seven Republican hopefuls vying for that seat, former President Donald Trump still looms large and could well determine the outcome.
Under state law, incumbent Democratic Governor Ralph Northam can’t run for a second, consecutive term. Several Democrats are looking to replace him, including Terry McAuliffe, who held the office from 2014 to 2018.
McAuliffe said he found it “disgusting and despicable” that his Republican rivals continue pushing the false claim that Biden’s election was illegitimate. He believes they’ll pay a price in November with Virginia voters, a good number of whom work for the federal government and were outraged by the bloodshed unleashed by the pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6.
“It’s Looney Tunes on the other side,” McAuliffe said. “They are all trying to out-Trump each other.”