June 9th, 2009
08:40 PM ET
13 years ago

McAuliffe concedes, backs Deeds in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/09/art.terrybill0609.gi.jpg caption="Former President Clinton campaigned on behalf of McAuliffe at an event in Herndon, Virginia last month."]
ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) - Longtime Clinton ally and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe has conceded to state senator Creigh Deeds in the party's gubernatorial primary, calling on his supporters to back Deeds in his general election battle against Republican Bob McDonnell.

Filed under: Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (30 Responses)

    this has to be the weirdest thing................

    June 9, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Champly

    There is a god. And no you CNN/Obamots, it is not your lord and savior Barack Hussien Obama.

    June 9, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. shane

    Good choice virginia Terry (the wind bag)McAuliffe doesn't deserve to be your governor.

    June 9, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. bozo bama

    best news i've heard since before the election in November.

    June 9, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Deeds will go down again in November. Virginia's had enough of that Hope and Change crap.

    June 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. U.S. Common Sense

    I would like to take this moment to say "I told you so."

    June 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. DemoCratz

    blue state!

    June 9, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Ellie Hawking

    Awh, Shucks!

    June 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Jane

    Tsk Tsk....too bad.

    June 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Ken

    HA! McAuliffe is the worst of the worst partisans. He's been a venomous hate-mongerer. No self respecting Democrat with a sense of decency could have voted for such a wretch.

    My faith in humanity has been renewed!

    June 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Denise

    This is great for the Dems. My nderstanding is the GOP did want want Deeds to win, they favored McAuliffe. Deeds has them worried.

    June 9, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. John in IL

    Who is Deeds? Like Mr. Deeds aka Adam Sandler? Ha ha ha ha Democrats are such a joke!

    June 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. nota dem

    people see that dems is short for demons and with Obama the anti-christ in office, people are seeing through the smoke and they are not happy.

    June 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. whaley41

    A great day for Virginia!

    June 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. George Washington

    Great a good old boy looses!!!

    Perhaps there's hope after all !!!

    June 9, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Al Paul

    This is the right thing to do as a democrate and I do respect McAuliffe for showing his respect to the party. Thanks

    June 9, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    I see VA going back to its republican roots. The stench of Obama is too great. One and done for Oblama.

    June 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. teresa

    i knew that virginians had too much class to elected the dirtiest of the clinton gang! way to go virginia – maybe the rest of the country will follow your lead and look at the character of the people we vote for – afterall, they willl do in public office what they do in their private lives and mcawful was the sleaziest of the bunch!

    June 9, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Mike-Chicago

    Good. McAuliffe is a total tool. He was a terrible DNC chair. Why reward incompetence with the governor's mansion?

    June 9, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. browngm79

    As a Va. conservative, I was happy to see Deeds win today for one reason....he is an ACTUAL Virginian. McAuliffe and all of his "out of state" money from Clinton couldn't even get him the nomination. He had the field blown in away in contributions but got beat by Deeds almost 2 to 1. I love it. Congratulations Deeds. Keep these out of state hacks out of our beloved Virginia politics!

    June 9, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Mark

    Personally, I like Terry McAuliffe, but no democrat is going to win in Virginia.

    June 9, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. TCM

    liberals are on their way out....bye bye...

    June 9, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    Interesting, I just found out that the right wing nuts copy people's names and then make stupid comments using other people's names. Is it immaturity? Yes. LOL. Some day the grown ups will take the republican party back and we will take them seriously again. But Rush Limbaugh? Sarah Palin? Dick Cheney? Newt Gingrich? As long as they are out front, I'm a democrat. Joe Scarborough is at least trying to have a conversation. He's the only republican I actually know of who is speaking any sense – other than Colin Powel, Dick Lugar, Brent Scowcroft, you know, the adults.

    June 9, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. Obama - NOPE

    Good riddance to more Clinton rubbish.

    June 9, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Kate in SW Fla

    Good, only Deeds has a chance to win. and I hope he does.

    June 9, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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