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McAuliffe officially becomes Democratic nominee for Virginia governor

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Terry McAuliffe is officially the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia after the party certified his petitions Tuesday.

No other Democratic candidate filed for the race at the State Board of Elections before last week's deadline. McAuliffe turned in 35,746 signatures last week, more than three times the legal requirement of 10,000.

"I am grateful for the support of Virginians from all parties and from every corner of Virginia," McAuliffe said in a statement. "This is thanks to the roughly 500 volunteers who carried petitions to all corners of the commonwealth to help me get on the ballot. With their help, I will continue to work tirelessly to spread our message of finding mainstream ideas to make Virginia the best for business."

McAuliffe will face Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the fall election. Like McAuliffe, Cuccinelli is unopposed for his party's nomination. The state Republican Party will meet next month to officially nominate Cuccinelli.

The Democratic Party of Virginia also approved petitions for the lieutenant governor race between state Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk and former White House information technology chief Aneesh Chopra, and for the attorney general race between state Sen. Mark Herring of Leesburg and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax.

The party's nominee for lieutenant governor and attorney general will be decided in a June 11 primary.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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