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Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe picked up a significant endorsement on Tuesday when a local chapter of the Service Employees International Union announced it is backing his candidacy.

In a statement, the chapter, 32BJ, touted McAuliffe's track record on immigration and work place issues.

"Terry McAuliffe will be a strong advocate for working families, including hard-working immigrants, that make our economy run but struggle to make ends meet," said Mike Fishman, 32BJ President. "He understands that improving wage and benefit standards is a top priority for workers and key to jump-starting our economy."

The chapter also noted that it has more than 3,500 members living in Virginia a good number of which will, presumably, help McAuliffe's campaign.

McAuliffe will square off against former Virginia Delegate Brian Moran and state Sen. Creigh Deeds in the June 9 primary. The winner will face former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) in the general election.

Whether it's celebrity endorsements, Bill Clinton stumping for him or rather flattering profiles, it is hard to deny that things are going well for McAuliffe right now.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com