- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Democrat Terry McAuliffe is not backing out of the Virginia governor’s race, as he trailed Republican Glenn Youngkin by about 100,000 votes Tuesday night.

Mr. McAuliffe came on stage to speak to supporters at his election night party in McLean around 10:30 p.m.

The Democrat gave no indication of backing down.

“There’s still plenty of votes [to be counted],” Mr. McAuliffe said.

Mr. McAuliffe was down by about 4 percentage points with 88% of votes counted.

The candidate, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, thanked his staff, family and supporters in a brief speech.

“The McAuliffe family loves each and every one of you,” he said on stage, alongside his wife, Dorothy, and adult children.

Mr. McAuliffe also lauded the work done in Virginia under Democratic leadership, praising current Gov. Ralph Northam.

He zeroed in on abortion rights and making Virginia more welcoming as a whole.

“This is a different state,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “We are the greatest state in the United States of America.”

“The fight continues,” he added.

• Mica Soellner can be reached at msoellner@washingtontimes.com.

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