Democrats running for Va. governor debate Thursday night on WAVY

Virginia Politics

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY/AP) — The five Democrats running for Virginia governor squared off in another debate Thursday night.

WAVY had coverage on-air and online starting at 7 p.m. The debate took place in Northern Virginia.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, considered the front-runner, is up against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and Del. Lee Carter.

The primary is coming up on June 8. Read more about the candidates here.

The Democrats on Thursday sought to portray themselves as best positioned to take on the GOP’s nominee, Glenn Youngkin.

McAuliffe went straight for Youngkin in his opening statement.

He called the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group “an extreme right-wing billionaire.”

Youngkin responded in a statement saying he was seeing an “outpouring of support” and calling McAuliffe “another all-talk, no-action career politician.”

BELOW: Watch the full debate.

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