Mr. McAuliffe leads four Democratic rivals: Jennifer Carroll Foy, a public defender and former state lawmaker; Lt. Gov.
Mr. McAuliffe has coalesced support of leading Democrats in Richmond, where the party hopes to retain complete control of government after a cache of victories since 2017.
Mr. McAuliffe, who left office in January 2018 because the state prohibits consecutive gubernatorial terms, ran by leaning into his prior tenure, and he proposed higher funding for education and police.
Democrats are favored in the November matchup between Mr. Youngkin, the former co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group Inc., and the winner of Tuesday’s contest.
And Mr. McAuliffe, if pronounced the winner, faces an early test in keeping all elements of his party energized.
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