The Democrat did not indicate that he would back down.
“There’s still plenty of votes [to be counted],” Mr. McAuliffe said.
Mr. McAuliffe was down by about 4 percentage points with 88% of votes counted.
The candidate who served as governor between 2014 and 2018, thanked his family, supporters, and staff in a short speech.
Mr. McAuliffe also lauded the work done in Virginia under Democratic leadership, praising current Gov. Ralph Northam.
He focused on Virginia’s abortion rights and made Virginia more welcoming.
“This is a different state,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “We are the greatest State in the United States of America .”
” The fight continues,” he retweeted.