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Is Sen. Warner Still Unsure About Gilmore?

Anita Kumar

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.

In his statement, Warner said he hoped his retirement would create "the opportunity for others ... to advance," although he didn't say who he was referring to.

In an interview last month, Warner said wanted the GOP nominee to have congressional experience, which Gilmore lacks.

So what will Warner do after the Republican party chooses its nominee next year?

Warner says he will "offer to assist" GOP congressional candidates "with financial support" but doesn't say whether that includes Gilmore.

In an interview today, Gilmore said he recently contacted Warner to sit down and discuss the race. The two plan to meet after Thanksgiving.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 19, 2007; 6:44 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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