Last week, more than 400 Democratic activists said they supported his yet-to-be announced campaign.
This week, McAuliffe embarked on a nine-city tour through the Shenandoah Valley, Southside and Southwest.
McAuliffe is talking to potential 2013 supporters, including small business leaders, emphasizing the need for Virginia to compete globally.
On Tuesday, he has six stops in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington and Roanoke.
On Wednesday, he’ll be in Blacksburg, Bluefield and Wytheville. On Thursday, he’ll visit Galax and South Boston.
McAuliffe has told supporters he plans to run for governor, but has not officially announced his intentions. Two Republicans — Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — have announced they are running.
McAuliffe has been making the rounds across the state for months, quietly meeting with potential supporters and campaigning for Virginia Democrats. During the last four years, he has participated in more than 2,300 events across the commonwealth.