July 6, 2021, Virginia — The board of Latino and immigrant electoral powerhouse CASA in Action has voted to endorse Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor. McAuliffe is a proven leader who has demonstrated he can create jobs and build a strong post-COVID economy in the Commonwealth.
“Terry McAuliffe is committed to making health care more accessible and affordable for all Virginians and expanding pre-K, two top priorities for CASA in Action members,” said Alonzo Washington, CASA in Action executive director. “But perhaps even more importantly, he understands the critical role that Virginia plays in showing the nation that the Republican playbook of Trumpism and nativism doesn’t resonate in Virginia or anywhere. We are eager to work with him and his campaign to once again prove to this country that Immigrants Are Virginia!”
Virginia’s election for governor has, historically, been considered a bellwether state for the party that lost the White House. Since 1973, only one candidate of the same party that controls the White House has been elected as the state’s governor.
“After four years of Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and actions towards our immigrant communities, we need to continue having a governor who will stand up for all Virginians – particularly our immigrant families. Extremist Trump-Republican Glenn Youngkin is running because of Donald Trump with the same extreme, divisive ideology. But I am running to be a governor for all Virginians,” said Terry McAuliffe. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of CASA in Action. I look forward to working together to lift up working families by building a strong post-COVID economy, creating good paying jobs, making health care more affordable and keeping Virginia open and welcoming for all.”
In this pivotal race, CASA in Action will mobilize thousands to knock on doors and lead phone calls with low-propensity voters and voters of color as well as launch a full organic and paid communications campaign with print mailers and on owned digital channels, in favor of Terry.
After conducting an electoral program in Virginia, where CASA in Action made over 200,000 outreach attempts and mobilized nearly 15,000 Black and Latino voters, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris won the state and the presidency.