Perriello launches new PAC to help Democrats

Democratic candidate for governor, former Rep. Tom Perriello, speaks to supporters at an election night party at the State Theatre Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Falls Church, Va. Perriello lost to Lt. Gov Ralph Northam in the primary for the Democratic nomination for Virginia Governor. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello is starting a new political action committee he says will help a new generation of progressive leaders.

Perriello said Thursday the New Virginia Way PAC's first project will be to re-elect freshman Democratic state House members. Democrats harnessed voter antipathy of President Donald Trump to make major gains in the state House last year.

A former congressman and State Department official, Perriello mounted an unsuccessful insurgent campaign against now-Gov. Ralph Northam in last year's Democratic primary.

Northam also has a PAC that will likely raise money to support Democratic candidates.

The next statehouse elections are set for 2019, when both House and Senate seats will be contested.

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