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Elaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary

Elaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary
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Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaMcAuliffe holds wide lead in Virginia gubernatorial primary: poll Lauren Underwood endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy in Virginia governors race Northam backing McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race MORE (D-Va.) on Friday endorsed former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in his latest bid for the governor's mansion, becoming the first member of the commonwealth’s congressional delegation to endorse in the Democratic primary.

“As governor, Terry will work to create jobs, invest in workers, make childcare more affordable, and rebuild Virginia's thriving network of small businesses, especially, here, in my home of Coastal Virginia,” Luria said in a statement obtained exclusively by The Hill. “As we continue to work on future COVID-19 relief packages in Congress, I can think of no better partner and advocate for Virginians in the governor’s office than Terry McAuliffe.”

The congresswoman and former governor will appear together on the campaign trail in Virginia Beach on Friday. 

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Luria represents the 2nd Congressional District, which could prove to be vital in the general gubernatorial election.

The district played a role in Democrats turning the state blue in the last two years of the Trump administration. The congresswoman was first elected in 2018, ousting former Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorElaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary Luria holds onto Virginia House seat Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (R) by 2 points. Taylor, who was endorsed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE, unsuccessfully challenged Luria in 2020, losing by nearly 6 points.

Trump won the district, which includes Virginia Beach and the Norfolk area, in 2016 by 3 points.

The Cook Political Report rated the district as lean Democratic in its 2020 House ratings.

McAuliffe has received a number of notable endorsements from figures like Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Virginia House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D), Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) and state Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D), who are serving as his campaign co-chairs.

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He will face off against former Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D), Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), state Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D) and Del. Lee Carter (D) in the commonwealth's Democratic primary on June 8.

While polling shows McAuliffe to be the front-runner in the race, Foy has also garnered a number of notable endorsements, particularly from progressive groups and figures.

Foy received endorsements from California Rep. Katie Porter (D) and the progressive youth climate organization Sunrise Movement. She has also been backed by Sunrise Movement Virginia, Democracy for America and Virginia Justice Democrats.