Yesterday, State Senator R. Creigh Deeds won Virginia’s three-way Democratic primary for governor. Deeds won 50% of the vote, followed by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe with 26% and former Alexandria delegate Brian Moran with 24%.
It was a surprising victory for Deeds as his two opponents were better-funded and better-positioned. Despite having a more conservative message, which is uncharacteristic of the people of Northern Virginia, Deeds was able to combat McAuliffe and his estimated six million dollar campaign. It was an upsetting loss for McAuliffe who outspent both candidates, had a larger campaign staff and even had the endorsement of President Bill Clinton.
Deeds will face Republican Robert F. McDonnell in the general election, reminiscent of the race for attorney general four years ago, which McDonnell narrowly won after a late surge by Deeds.