(CNN) – Among the challenges Terry McAuliffe faces in his bid to become Virginia’s next governor: his lack of deep Virginia roots and limited experience in state politics. His Democratic primary opponents, former delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds, don’t have that problem.
Moran today will announce another local endorsement of note, this time from Dwight Jones, the new mayor of Richmond and the former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. Jones said Moran has “a long, proven record of fighting hard for working families in Virginia.”
The city of Richmond, with its majority African-American population, has been Democratic territory for years. The former mayor of Richmond - Douglas Wilder, who was also the nation’s first black governor from 1990 to 1994 - has not endorsed a candidate in the governor’s race.
Both Moran and Deeds have secured endorsements from prominent Virginia politicos. Moran is supported by House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, a number of northern Virginia legislators and several mayors from Hampton Roads, while Deeds has the backing of U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher and state senator Richard Saslaw of Fairfax.
It’s often unclear how fruitful such endorsements are, and McAuliffe - already advertising on television - has demonstrated that that whatever he lacks in institutional support, he will more than make up for with his growing campaign coffers.