5 Democrats running for Virginia governor meet in debate

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Democratic candidates for governor of Virginia, Del. Lee Carter, left, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, second from left, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, center, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, second from right, and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, participate in a debate at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Democratic candidates for governor of Virginia, Del. Lee Carter, left, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, second from left, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, center, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, second from right, and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, participate in a debate at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — The five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for Virginia governor have met for the first televised debate of the primary season.

Former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, Del. Lee Carter, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan took the stage for an hour-long, socially distance debate Tuesday night at Virginia State University.

It was the first chance for a statewide, televised audience to hear from the entire crowded field.

The Democratic primary is June 8.

Republicans opted to choose their candidates through a convention on May 8 with voting sites across the state.

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