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Pollard Likely to Run for State House

Tim Craig

Former Del. Albert C. Pollard Jr., who narrowly lost his Senate bid this year, said today he will likely run for his old state House seat if Del. Robert J. Wittman (R-Westmoreland) is elected to Congress next week.

Pollard said "everybody from former Republican Governor Linwood Holton to the local UPS men" have been urging him to run for the House seat he gave up in 2005.

"I enjoy the public service, I am a much better position financially then I was two years ago and if the seat opens, I will almost certainly run," Pollard said.

Wittman faces Democrat Philip Forgit in Tuesday's special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va). Because the district leans Republican, Wittman is favored to win.

If he runs, Pollard would be a heavy favorite to win Wittman's state House seat. In this year's Senate race, Pollard received 57 percent of the vote in the portion of the district that includes his old House seat.

If he wins, Democrats would pick up a House seat and increase their margin to 45.

No word yet on who the Republicans would put up to challenge Pollard. But Pollard said he's not sure when a special election would be called to fill Wittman's House seat.

By Tim Craig  |  December 5, 2007; 12:21 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008 , Tim Craig  
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Well this is a good day for Virginia!

Albert Pollard is everything you could ask for in a representative and I'm sure he'll do our region and this Commonwealth proud once again.

Go Albert!

Posted by: Kate Stevens | December 5, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'll certainly vote for Albert Pollard if the seat opens up. He should have succeeded in the Va. Senate race.

That said, I hope you don't summarily toss the 1st CD race to the Wittman. I am voting for Forgit and hope Wittman gets whipped. We certainly don't need another chicken hawk in DC.

Posted by: MikeF | December 5, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Yet another news story that doesn't mention Ron Paul

Posted by: Anonymous | December 5, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Having an endorsement from Linwood these days is like the local democratic party chair doing it. When was the last time he endorsed a statewide Republican or even better, when is the last time one wanted his endorsement ?

Posted by: Not Linwood Holton | December 5, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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