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Virginia Politics Blog: November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007

Winners and Losers

This Week's Winners Barack Obama - Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and his 17-year-old son, Nat, spent the weekend shuffling around Iowa, attending 10 small events for the Democratic presidential candidate. If Kaine worked that hard in Iowa for Obama, you've got to expect that the governor will pull out all the stops to help him win Virginia in the Feb. 12 Democratic primary -- assuming the nomination fight is still competitive. Del. Christopher B. Saxman - The Republican delegate from Staunton sends out signals he may challenge former governor James S. Gilmore III for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Saxman's potential candidacy has created a buzz among party activists and conservative bloggers who fear Gilmore is unelectable in a general election. While Saxman faces an uphill challenge, it's noteworthy that a three-term delegate is even being considered as a possible credible challenger to a former governor....

By Tim Craig  |  November 21, 2007; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Mark Warner , Polls , Winners and Losers  
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Bob Marshall Considers U.S. Senate Bid

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) said today he is considering entering the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. In an interview, Marshall said several party activists are urging him to challenge former governor James S. Gilmore III ( R), who announced his candidacy Monday. Marshall, known for his conservative views on social issues, called a potential Senate bid an "interesting possibility." He added "certain things have to fall in place" before he makes a final decision but said he is "certainly looking at" the race. "I can replicate the Reagan Revolution," said Marshall, who led the fight against the recently approved transportation bill and was a leader in winning passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. "I have not voted for taxes. I am consistent on the right to life. I have done things to help senior citizens. I am not...

By Tim Craig  |  November 21, 2007; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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Virginia Notebook: The 2009 Governor's Race

For those who can't get enough of Virginia elections, time to look ahead to the governor's race in 2009. Yes, there is a U.S. Senate and presidential election next November. But with former governor Mark R. Warner (D) an early favorite to win the Senate race, the election for governor will be the contest that will really decide whether Virginia is turning blue or if party gains this decade were caused largely of President Bush's unpopularity....

By Tim Craig  |  November 21, 2007; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2007 , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , James P. Moran Jr. , James Webb , Mark Warner , Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Round One: Campaign Websites

Former governor Mark R. Warner (D) has been a U.S. Senate candidate for two months. Former governor James S. Gilmore III (R) has been a Senate candidate for two days. Who do you think has the better website? You can find Warner's website here. You can find Gilmore's website here. You may notice one distinction. Warner's website doesn't include a section outlining his views on the issues yet. But Gilmore's includes his positions on illegal immigration, energy independence, taxes, transportation, education and terrorism....

By Tim Craig  |  November 21, 2007; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Campaign Ads , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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Gilmore Advisers Think Saxman is Bluffing

Advisers to GOP Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III say they don't think Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton) will enter the race for the nomination. As Gilmore announced his candidacy yesterday, Saxman was conducting media interviews to say he is seriously considering entering the race. Saxman argues the party needs a fresh face to go against former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee. But Dick Leggitt, a senior Gilmore adviser, said he thinks Saxman is bluffing. "He is just trying to raise his name ID because he wants to run for lieutenant governor" in 2009, Leggitt said. "We talked to 20 legislators in the last day and we can't find anyone who says anything other than this is Gilmore's nomination."...

By Tim Craig  |  November 20, 2007; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2009 , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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A Confident Stosch Hopes to Lead Again

Sen. Sen. Walter A. Stosch doesn't seem too worried about the coup being plotted against him in the Senate. Stosch (R-Henrico) lost his title as Senate majority leader when the Democrats took control of the chamber in the Nov. 6 election. But he still wants to be Senate minority leader....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 20, 2007; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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Fairfax On Guard Against Black Beaked Canadians

Fairfax Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) didn't mean to overstate the threat to homeowners along Little Hunting Creek yesterday with his resolution asking the county to extend the ban on feeding ducks and Canada geese. Hyland's measure, introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting, said residents near the Potomac tributary in southeast Fairfax have spent hours shoveling goose feces off their docks "or kept their children locked inside to protect them from the vicious black beaked bites of the meanest Canadian you may ever meet." Brett Kenney, Hyland's chief aide, confirmed that "geese" was the unfortunate omission....

By Bill Turque  |  November 20, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Is Sen. Warner Still Unsure About Gilmore?

Will U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va) endorse former Gov. James S. Gilmore III''s bid for U.S. Senate? It's difficult to tell from the statement the senior senator issued tonight. Warner said Gilmore "has a record of extensive, credible public service." But Warner also hinted that some Republicans are looking for another GOP candidate to get into the race. "Across the state there is a growing interest in putting forward a strong Republican slate of nominees - Senate and House - for the 2008 congressional elections," Warner said in his statement....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 19, 2007; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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Del. Chris Saxman May Challenge Gilmore

Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton) said today he is "strongly considering" challenging former governor James S. Gilmore III for the GOP nomination for Senate. In an interview, Saxman said the party "needs new leadership" and "new blood." Saxman said he's been hearing from a lot of Repubicans who say the GOP needs to find a Senate candidate other than Gilmore who can reach out to independents and voters in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Over the past week, Saxman has been meeting with several of his Republican colleagues in the House about making the race. He says he's also been in discussions with White House and national GOP officials. Saxman, who had been angling to run for lieutenant governor in 2009, says he expects to make up his mind in a few weeks. "I just think people want to break out of the direction that the party has been going...

By Tim Craig  |  November 19, 2007; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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Mark Warner Reacts to Gilmore's Announcement

Former Gov. Mark Warner's spokesman Kevin Hall sent out a press release about former Gov. Jim Gilmore's announcement on getting into the U.S. Senate race: "Virginians will have an opportunity to make a clear choice between two starkly different records and two dramatically different styles of leadership....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 19, 2007; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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Gilmore Enters Senate Race

Former governor James S. Gilmore announced this morning he will be a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate next year. In a e-mailed announcement, Gilmore declares "the race is on." "I'm running for the United State Senate from Virginia because I want to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world," Gilmore says in an announcement video. Gilmore becomes the first GOP candidate to enter the race. If he secures the nomination, Gilmore will likely face Democrat Mark R. Warner, also a former Virginia governor. Gilmore, who was in office between 1998 to 2002, says his race against Warner will be a "clash of the titans."...

By Tim Craig  |  November 19, 2007; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Republicans Keep Bill Howell

The results of today's House Republican leadership vote are in. And House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) will be keeping his job. At a closed door meeting in Richmond, GOP delegates decided by acclamation to reelect Howell as speaker, a job he's held since 2002. The delegation also decided to keep the rest of its current leadership team in place. Del. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) will continue to serve as majority leader and Del. M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (R-Colonial Heights) will remain as majority whip, according to GOP officials. Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott) also won another term as chairman of the House Republican Caucus....

By Tim Craig  |  November 18, 2007; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2009 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Tim Craig  
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