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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe launched a new TV ad this week with a focus on bringing jobs to the commonwealth.

The ad features CoStar Vice President Corey Durant praising McAuliffe for the deal that brought the company to Virginia in 2016 while he was governor.

“It was Terry McAuliffe who convinced CoStar that Virginia was the clear choice to locate our new research center,” Durant says in the ad. “We hired over 1,000 people and we’re still growing today.”

The company recently announced that they will be expanding operations in Richmond and leased an additional 51,000-square-feet in office space.

“Since our decision to headquarter our global research operations in the city of Richmond in 2016, we have remained fully committed to the economic development and growth of this community and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Lisa Ruggles, Senior Vice President of Global Research, Analytics and News, CoStar Group. “As a fast-paced company with plans for further expansion, this new space will allow us to comfortably grow our team, create job opportunities and tap into the local, rich talent pool, allowing for increased engagement and networking opportunities in a city we are proud to call home.”

McAuliffe is slightly leading his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin in recent polling for the Nov. 2 election.

Early voting begins Sept. 17.

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