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‘Clinton legacy’ dealt a blow with McAuliffe’s defeat?

  An Associated Press headline I came across this morning: “McAuliffe defeat another blow to Clinton legacy“ For those of you who don’t keep up with Virginia politics, Terry McAuliffe (the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, seen above on May 13, 2008, at a primary-night celebration in Charleston, W.Va.) was recently defeated in Virginia’s Democratic ...

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Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton, May 13, 2008  

An Associated Press headline I came across this morning: “McAuliffe defeat another blow to Clinton legacy

For those of you who don’t keep up with Virginia politics, Terry McAuliffe (the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, seen above on May 13, 2008, at a primary-night celebration in Charleston, W.Va.) was recently defeated in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The longtime fundraiser and friend of the Clintons received plenty of support from Bill Clinton. The former president made appearances at five rallies, spoke in radio ads and telephone robocalls, and attended a fundraiser (in fact, McAuliffe raised almost double what the primary winner, Creigh Deeds, did).

Deeds ended up winning 10 of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, however, an outcome that the article says leads to one conclusion: “The Clinton star power doesn’t necessarily translate into votes.”

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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