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Saxman Says No to Senate Bid

Tim Craig

Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton) announced today he will not enter the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Saxman's decision could all but clear the field for former governor James S. Gilmore III to be the GOP nominee against former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee.

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) is now the only other Republican besides Gilmore publicly considering the race.

In a speech at the Virginia Republican Party Advance, Saxman said he worried whether he would be able to raise enough money to wage an effective campaign.

Saxman noted he would not be able to raise money during the 60-day legislative session that starts in January. Virginia Republicans will hold a convention to select their Senate nominee in late May or early June.

"The last two weeks have required much soul searching and many discussions with my family," Saxman said. "The decision came down to what would my family, supporters and I have do to be successful."

Saxman also announced he is forming a federal political action committee, the Kitchen Table PAC. Saxman said the committee "will focus on the issues that the citizens of the Commonwealth want to focus on. "

In his speech, which was well received by party activists, Saxman said the GOP must become the "party of growth and opportunity."

"Our party is at our best when we are pointing out that individuals made this country great, not the federal government," Saxman said. He also argued that the GOP should "stand for and advocate ideas that improve the lives of the citizens."

Saxman pledged he will support whomever the GOP nominates to take on Warner.

By Tim Craig  |  December 1, 2007; 5:26 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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