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Davis Hints He May Pass on 08 Senate Run.

Tim Craig

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R) is hinting that he is unlikely to be a candidate in next year's U.S. Senate race.

As reported this morning by The Hill newspaper, Davis spoke to a breakfast gathering at the National Press Club yesterday. At the event, Davis said he may be inclined to challenge Sen. James Webb in 2012 instead of taking on Democrat Mark R. Warner in 2008 for the seat of retiring Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va).

"There are other races; this isn't the only shot," said Davis, according to The Hill. "You've got a very vulnerable guy sitting there in the other Senate seat right now who may or may not run in four years. And you know what? If you don't go to the Senate, so what? I've been a committee chairman in the House. I've got my portrait hanging on a wall. I've been pretty productive legislatively."

The Hill reported that Davis also said he has qualms about having to face former governor James P. Gilmore III at a GOP convention to decide the nominee. Despite Davis's efforts to lobby for a primary, the Republican State Central Committee voted Saturday to hold a convention in May to select the party's nominee, a move that is widely believed to favor the more conservative Gilmore.

"Our calculation has been that, if you can get everything in line, it's a doable race," The Hill quoted Davis as saying. "But if I have to spend eight months slogging through a party convention, talking to 15,000 Republicans around the state where they're going to ask you how conservative you are, that does not set you up very well for a general election."

By Tim Craig  |  October 17, 2007; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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