FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has won the endorsement of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s political arm.

The endorsement announced Thursday marks the first time in more than a decade the Chamber’s political action committee has backed a Democrat.

It comes a week after Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli picked up the coveted Northern Virginia Technology Council endorsement in their close race for governor.

The Chamber announced its endorsement a day after the candidates sparred in a prime-time televised debate sponsored by the group.

It cited McAuliffe’s pro-business policy positions and support for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation reform legislation as reasons they chose him over Cuccinelli. As attorney general, Cuccinelli opposed the transportation legislation.

The Chamber also endorsed Democrats Ralph Northam and Mark Herring for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively.

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