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February 12, 2016

Report: Ed Gillespie to Challenge Mark Warner

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is informing Virginia Republicans that he will challenge first-term Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in 2014, according to The New York Times.

A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee declined to comment on the story.

Warner’s campaign announced last week that it raised $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and will report $7.1 million in cash on hand.

For now, the race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Art Bagnall

    Gillespie? That old retread? Didn’t he live in Virginia about 25 years ago, or is that just where one of his houses is? I follw politics closely and had no idea he’s ever been to Virginia except to buy liquor.
    Warner will mop the floor with him. Virginia’s turning BLUE.

  • mabramso

    Well, Virginia has leaned slightly blue in the last two Presidential elections. Warner is certainly favored, but Gillespie is a pretty serious candidate. At this point, I would guess that Warner wins by about 4-6 points. Gillespie is probably good enough to win, but it would take a wave election in which a big chunk of independent voters are ticked off enough about losing their health insurance. Whether or not that will happen is hard to say.

  • Gregory Williams

    Gillespie is a partisan toad controlled by Oligarchs and fascists whose only and most visible resume feature is his time as RNC chairman and that does not qualify him as a potential public servant with the publics good in mind – he is at best just another partisan conservative carpet bagger shopping for a public office to hold so he can abuse it in pursuit of an extremist cult conservative partisan social agenda that divides this country into the haves and the never gonna haves if he has any say or part in it.

  • Roberto M

    That’s interesting, since you have just described another partisan carpet bagger who won the election as governor of Virginia and who ran for office in pursuit of an extremist progressive cult that divides the country into producers and takers!

  • Roberto M

    Keep in mind that the only reason that carpet bagger Terri McCauliffe won the governor’s office is that some Obama bundler financed the entry of a fake libertarian into the race and threw it open for McCauliffe who won the office with 48%. Gillepie has deep pockets and can tap into a huge fundraising network given his connections. But you are right, it will be n uphill battle. Warner isn’t one of those progressive loons and he has very deep pockets as well.

  • southerndemnut

    Half the state’s voters are carpetbaggers of one form or another. McAuliffe, McDonnell, Cucinelli, Kaine, Warner, most of the last generation’s political figures hailed (or their family) from somewhere else. With that said, the problem that Gillespie has is that how does he sell himself to the voters? Lets throw out a popular moderate Governor/Senator in favor of a party functionary who is a consummate insider. Right.. I guess the Tea Party’s desire for an anti-government candidate was not heard here…

  • inIA2010

    Don’t you think that maybe that he came out as being gay that he may believe that will attract some liberal or moderate voters? I dare say it will endear him to the tea party.

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