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Wilder endorsing Democrat McAuliffe for Va gov

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 2:30pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Gov. Doug Wilder is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's gubernatorial race.

The nation's first elected black governor tells The Associated Press he believes McAuliffe is the most inclusive and forward-looking of the candidates in the nation's only competitive governor's race. He also says that McAuliffe's lack of state government experience may serve him well by freeing him to view government in fresh ways.

The endorsement came as a fresh Quinnipiac University poll showed McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 8 percentage points 26 days before election day in the swing state.

Wilder says the next governor will inherit a well-managed state from exiting Republican Gov. Bob McDonnel. But he cautions that it's never too late for those seeking the office to immerse themselves in details of Virginia's budget.

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