Two nominees for Virginia governor have emerged out of a field of hopefuls that was more crowded than any other in modern history, perhaps ever. Former private-equity executive Glenn Youngkin was chosen by Republicans in a May 8 convention, while voters in a June 8 Democratic primary opted for former governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe is a prodigious fundraiser, an ability that is likely to be tested against Youngkin, a multimillionaire who could spur the most expensive gubernatorial race in the history of the commonwealth. If McAuliffe is successful, he would be one of only two people since the Civil War to twice occupy the Executive Mansion. (The first was Mills Godwin, who served from 1966 to 1970 as a Democrat and from 1974 to 1978 as a Republican.)