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This Week's Winners and Losers

Winners:
Mark Tate- All campaign finance fraud charges were dismissed against the former GOP Senate candidate from Loudoun County after the prosecutor said the case had been tainted by allegations of improprieties in the investigation.

Tim Kaine Two different polls came out during the past week showing Kaine's approval ratings remain strong, despite the summer-long controversy over abuser fees and illegal immigration. Kaine has also proved he's a prolific fundraiser. Kaine's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, has $1 million in the bank to spend in the campaign's final days. With three weeks to go until the election, Kaine is popular and rich. What more could a politician ask for?

Jim Gilmore: The former governor scores a big victory by convincing the Republican State Central Committee to hold a convention over a primary to select its nominee in next year's U.S. Senate race. Gilmore also appears hungry to get back into the game. He showed up at the central committee meeting and was personally lobbying members right up to the vote. His chief rival, Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), was campaigning for his wife, Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.

Dick Saslaw: Every Senate Democratic candidate in a competitive race out-raised their opponent during the month of September, thanks in part to big donations from Kaine and former Gov. Mark R. Warner (D). The Senate Democratic Caucus also reports it has a staggering $852,000 in the bank to spend during the campaign's final days. Saslaw's effort to convince lobbyist and business leaders that the Democrats are about to be in charge appears to be paying off.

Senate Republicans: Despite weeks of bad news and depressing poll numbers, Senate GOP leaders feel a bit more optimistic about their chances to cling onto their majority this week. And even though they only reported a paltry $42,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30, several six figure checks have been rolled in this month. The Senate may end up in a 20-20 tie after all.

Jeannemarie Devolites Davis: Several Democrats said privately this week they fear Devolites Davis's commercial she is airing on network television may be having an effect. But others say the ad - which accuses Democrat J. Chapman Petersen of voting to permit concealed handguns on school property - will backfire because it's too negative. Either way, Devolites Davis should just be happy people are still paying attention to her race, which many had written off as unwinnable.

Alexandria City Councilman Justin Wilson's newborn daughter, Lena Eliza Wilson, who decided not to wait for the light to change and was born at the intersection of Braddock Road, King Street and Quaker Lane

LOSERS
Tom Davis: - The Republican State Central Committee's vote to hold a convention instead of a primary wasn't even close. Davis's political ambitions appear to be in shambles.

Moderate Republicans: The central committee's decision to hold a convention shows that GOP leaders don't trust moderate Republicans to decide their nominee in next year's U.S. Senate race.

Democratic Party of Virginia: The state party teamed with Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk) to send out a mailer accusing Miller's Republican opponent, retired Naval admiral Hank Giffin," of conducting unbecoming an officer." The ad refers to Giffin's decision in 1998 not to court-martial another admiral accused of funneling Navy contracts to a woman with whom he was an extramarital affair, according to the Virginian Pilot. Giffin called the ad "disgusting." DPV should have know its never smart to attack a candidate's military service, especially in Hampton Roads, home to tens of thousands of retired and active duty military personnel.

By Steve Fehr  |  October 19, 2007; 1:18 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2007 , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Loudoun County , Mark Warner , Thomas M. Davis III , Timothy M. Kaine , Winners and Losers  
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