Virginia Beach mayor endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican mayor of Virginia Beach is set to endorse Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor.

It marks the first time Mayor Will Sessoms has crossed party boundaries to make an endorsement in his 20 years in politics in Virginia's oceanfront haven, which is the state's largest city.

Sessoms is to make the announcement official Tuesday while touring the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center with McAuliffe and Norfolk's mayor, Paul Fraim.

It comes after one of northern Virginia's most influential business groups, the Northern Virginia Technology Council's political action committee, endorsed Republican Ken Cuccinelli over McAuliffe on Monday.