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McAuliffe not running for president

Won't say if he'll seek office again in Virginia

April 18, 2019 - 1:59 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 and will instead focus on helping Democrats win in the state.

McAuliffe made the announcement Wednesday on CNN.

He flirted with a presidential run for months, popping up in early voting states late last year and campaigning with candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But he noted that Virginia Democratic politics have been in turmoil since February, when Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring both admitted to having worn blackface as young men, while Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, which he denies.

He says he believes he can make the most difference at the state level but wouldn't answer questions about whether he'd run again in Virginia.