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Bolling, McDonnell Endorse Gilmore

Tim Craig

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov Bill Bolling, both likely GOP candidates for governor next year, today endorsed James S. Gilmore III in the U.S. Senate race.

Gilmore, who was governor from 1998 to 2002, is running against Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) for the GOP nomination for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (D). The party will select its nominee at a convention in May.

In a statement, Bolling said Gilmore is one of "the most consistent and principled conservative leaders" he has ever known.

"Jim Gilmore knows what he believes in, and he fights for it, when it's easy and when it's not," Bolling said. "That's the kind of leader we need representing us in the United States Senate."

McDonnell, an Army veteran, praised Gilmore's military and foreign policy credentials.

"Jim Gilmore stands alone in this race in his understanding of national security issues," McDonnell said.

Marshall has been trying to portray himself as the conservative alternative to Gilmore, who supports abortion rights during the first eight weeks of a pregnancy. But McDonnell and Bolling, both conservatives, could help insulate Gilmore from Marshall's charges.

By Tim Craig  |  March 11, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Robert F. McDonnell , Tim Craig  
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