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Terry McAuliffe concedes governor’s race, releases statement on outcome

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gestures as he speaks in front of the flag...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gestures as he speaks in front of the flag of Virginia at an election party in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Voters are deciding between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(Steve Helber | AP)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 9:55 AM EDT
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MCLEAN, Va. (WDBJ) - Wednesday morning Terry McAuliffe released a statement conceding the governor’s race and congratulating his opponent Glenn Youngkin, the victor.

Multiple news outlets declared Youngkin the projected winner just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

McAuliffe wrote in his statement:

“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in. We must protect Virginia’s great public schools and invest in our students. We must protect affordable health care coverage, raise the minimum wage faster, and expand paid leave so working families have a fighting shot. We must protect voting rights, protect a woman’s right to choose, and, above all else, we must protect our democracy. While there will be setbacks along the way, I am confident that the long term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all.

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory. I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family.

“I would like to thank my wife Dorothy, my family, and my incredible campaign team for their tireless efforts and dedication over these past eleven months. And to all of my supporters across Virginia who knocked on millions of doors, made countless phone calls, and talked to their family, friends and neighbors: I am eternally grateful that you joined me on this journey to move Virginia forward.

“Serving as Virginia’s 72nd governor was the highest honor of my life, and I will never stop fighting to make our Commonwealth stronger and brighter for all.”

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