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Virginia Politics Blog: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Harris Will Not Run for Attorney General

Former Virginia House of Delegates member Paul Harris has sent a letter to supporters to tell them he has decided not to run for the Republican nomination for attorney general next year. "In its simplest terms, the joy of spending time with my three children far outweighs any desire I have to be attorney general," Harris said. Harris, an Army veteran and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, served two terms in the House representing Albemarle County, just outside Charlottesville....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 2, 2008; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Arlington's Foster May Run for Attorney General

David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, announced today that he is considering running for the Republican nomination for attorney general next year. Foster, 54, a long-time member of the Arlington County Republican Committee, served on school board from 2000 to 2007. State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), one of Northern Virginia's few conservative elected officials with grass-roots support across the state, recently announced plans to run. Former House of Delegates member Paul Harris and U.S. attorney John L. Brownlee, the top prosecutor for Virginia's western district, also are considering running....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 1, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Gilmore Steps Up Senate Campaign

Former governor James S. Gilmore III is taking swipes at both of the men standing in his way of being elected to the U.S. Senate. Earlier today, Gilmore's campaign released a statement noting that he won a straw poll taken at the Virginia Conservative Leadership Conference. Gilmore received 57 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for his chief opponent for the nomination, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is trying to run to the right of Gilmore. "Del.Marshall was there that day and he should have owned the room," Jane Dudley, a conservative activist from Henrico County, was quoted as saying in Gilmore's statement. "If he couldn't win in that room it's not looking good for him for the convention." Gilmore is also taking aim at former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee....

By Tim Craig  |  April 30, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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Virginia Connection in News Reports on Robocalls

ABCnews.com published a story today about allegedly deceptive calls being made into North Carolina in an apparent effort to mislead African-American voters about when they should vote. The article states similar calls were made into Virginia in the days leading up to the Feb. 12 primary. The article states the calls triggered an investigation by the Virginia State Police. You can find the ABC news report here....

By Tim Craig  |  April 30, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Rallies Behind McDonnell-Bolling Ticket

In a sign that Virginia Republicans are ready to move beyond their recent internal divisions, 50 elected and party officials announced today they are supporting Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in next year's state races. Last month, Bolling announced he will seek reelection next year, which cleared the way for McDonnell to run for governor. McDonnell, so far the only GOP candidate in the race, said he and Bolling will run as a team, giving the GOP ticket a potential advantage over the Democrats, who may be distracted by a primary battle for governor between Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath). In a letter, all eight Republican member of Congress from Virginia, every Republican district chair, the entire General Assembly GOP leadership team and the leadership of the state party said they were endorsing the McDonnell-Bolling ticket. "A McDonnell-Bolling ticket...

By Tim Craig  |  April 30, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Tim Craig  
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Speaker Wants To "Win Back" Loudoun

House Speaker William J. Howell made it clear yesterday that he is looking to Loudoun County to help Republicans keep control of the House of Delegates in the 2009 elections. "I know this sounds self-serving, the presidential stuff is important, but next year we've got House of Delegates seats, and there's a couple that are representing Loudoun and parts of Loudoun County that I know we can win back," Howell told a meeting of the Loudoun County Republican Committee....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  April 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2009 , Loudoun County , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Boucher Sticking with Obama

Despite the uproar of Sen. Barack Obama's pastor and his poor showing in communities along the Appalachian Mountains, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) said today he's convinced Obama is still more electable than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) Boucher, who represents rural Southwest Virginia, endorsed Obama (D-Ill) in January. Since then, it's become apparent that Obama is struggling to win over working class white voters like the ones who make up Boucher's district. In the Feb. 12 primary, Obama failed to get 15 percent of the vote in several counties in southwest Virginia, even though he beat Clinton statewide by almost 30 points. Obama's trouble connecting with voters in the Appalachian Mountain region was verified in last week's Pennsylvania primary....

By Tim Craig  |  April 28, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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State Republican Files Complaint Over McCain Ad

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John H. Hager filed a complaint today with the Federal Elections Commission accusing the Democratic National Committee of coordinating with its two presidential candidates on an ad campaign -- a violation of the law. The 30-second ad shows presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain in a debate saying Americans are better off economically but statistics contradict him. "Not only are the Democrats blatantly distorting comments made by John McCain, but they are clearly breaking the law in order to do so," Hager said. "The DNC should immediately pull this ad.If they refuse to do so, then Senators Clinton and Obama and their supporters, including Governor Kaine, should call on the DNC to stop running the ad."...

By Anita Kumar  |  April 28, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President  
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Gilmore Declines to Debate Marshall

Former governor James S. Gilmore III will not debate his rival for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), next month in an event sponsored by three Young Republican clubs in Northern Virginia. "We're past the point of debate,'' said Ana M. Gamonal, Gilmore's spokeswoman. Gamonal said Gilmore's schedule is packed between now and next month's convention when delegates from across the state will choose a nominee....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 28, 2008; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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