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Virginia Politics Blog: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Cantor Says McCain Will Have to Work For VA

U.S. Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va) said today that Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, will have to work hard to make sure the Democratic presidential candidate doesn't win Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the fall. "I'm just worried, given the track record our party has demonstrated over the past three statewide elections, we've got some work to do," said Cantor, referring to Democrats' success in winning the last two governor's races and the 2006 U.S. Senate race....

By Tim Craig  |  April 25, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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Marshall Challenges Gilmore to Debate

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) agreed to participate in a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by three Young Republican clubs in Northern Virginia in the third week of May. No word on whether his opponent for the Republican nomination, former governor James S. Gilmore III, will participate. Gilmore turned down previous requests to debate Marshall. Instead, he is concentrating on a possible general election contest with the presumptive Democratic nominee, former governor Mark R. Warner....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 25, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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Eric Cantor for Vice President?

The Republican National Committee announced today that U.S. Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) will head up the GOP effort to reach out to Jewish voters this year. Cantor, the chief deputy House minority whip, will be tasked with bolstering Arizona Sen. John McCain's appeal among Jewish voters, who have traditionally aligned with Democrats but who have been increasingly receptive to the Republican message on foreign affairs. "Senator John McCain has been a long-time advocate for a strong relationship between America and Israel," said Cantor. "Our next President will inherit a Middle East region that is at a crossroads. One path leads to security and peace, the other, chaos. I believe John McCain has the experience and character to be an aggressive advocate for a secure Israel and stable Middle East."...

By Tim Craig  |  April 23, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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Democratic Party Aims for Gilmore

The Virginia Democratic Party is mocking former governor James S. Gilmore III's efforts to raise money for his U.S. Senate campaign, saying it shows even Republicans are turning away from him. Levar Stoney, executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party, sent out a statement this morning noting that Gilmore (R), who so far raised about $750,000 for his campaign, has received contributions from only 394 individuals. Former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee, reports receiving contributions from 8,700 individuals, Stoney said. Warner has has raised about $6.4million for his campaign. Ana Gamonal, a Gilmore spokeswoman, accused Stoney of spreading misinformation about Gilmore's fundraising. Gamonal said 1,819 people have donated to Gilmore's campaign, although she notes it doesn't have to itemize contributions of less than $200. But Democrats believe Gilmore's fundraising proves he is a weak candidate....

By Tim Craig  |  April 22, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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Gilmore Claims Victory in Senate Nomination

Former governor James S. Gilmore III said today that he has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate next month but his rival, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), disputed that. "The race is not over,'' Marshall said....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 21, 2008; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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