Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe begged people to “stop calling me” about the state election results, saying he believed that the Democrats would “win big” once the early ballots were counted.
“Please stop calling me about Virginia,” McAuliffe said on Twitter Tuesday night. “You have not counted the 2.7 million early ballots. They will all be there at 11:00, and we will win hands down.”
Please stop calling me about Virginia. You didn’t count the 2.7 million early votes. They’re all in office by 11 votes, and we are going to win big.
– Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) November 4, 2020
The Associated Press called the presidential race for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, shortly after 7:30 p.m. local time. The Virginia Department of Elections announced that it will continue to accept absentee ballots stamped from polling day until Friday noon, and warned that the state’s official election results will not be confirmed until 10 days later.
BREAKING: Joe Biden wins in Virginia. #Race track call at 7:36 p.m. EST. #Election2020
– AP Policy (@AP_Policy) November 4, 2020
More than 2.7 million early votes were cast in Virginia this election cycle, Christopher Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections, said during a press conference on Tuesday evening. That figure – about 1.2 million votes less than the total number of votes cast during the 2016 presidential election – included nearly 1.8 million votes cast in person before polling day and more than 960,000 postal ballots, according to U.S. Elections Project data.
Piper praised the voters and election officials for helping the state report record voter turnout and said the department would count all ballots received by the deadline.
“Virginia will count every single vote,” Piper said.
In the run-up to election day, McAuliffe often campaigned for Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who chaired the 2000 party convention, worked with the committee again in late October to shoot a video spot asking voters to make plans on when and how they would vote if they had not already done so, and he told WCAV-TV on election day that he and other Democratic Party members were putting together more than 150 events on Biden’s behalf in the state to support the campaign of the former vice president.
After the AP announced its prediction for Virginia, McAuliffe celebrated the victory on Twitter. “The people of Virginia chose unity over division, and hope over fear by voting decisively for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris,” he tweeted. “The Commonwealth has once again taken the lead. We are proud to have been part of the Biden-Harris for VA team!”
With election results expected in the coming days, the margin with which Biden won the 13 Virginia votes was unknown on Tuesday night. In 2016, then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the state by more than 5 points.
Washington Newsday asked Biden’s campaign for a comment….