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Gilmore Claims Victory in Senate Nomination

Anita Kumar

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.

Delegates will chose between Gilmore and Marshall at the Republican convention in Richmond late next month. The winner will compete with former governor Mark R. Warner (D) in November for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. John Warner.

"A clear majority of the convention delegates representing more than 6,000 votes have committed to support Governor Gilmore," Matt Wells, Gilmore campaign political director, said in a statement. "A solid turnout at the GOP convention will be needed to seal victory."

But Marshall, who described Gilmore support's around the state as soft, said Gilmore's campaign would have no way of knowing how many delegates will vote for him or even how many will show up at the convention.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 21, 2008; 4:16 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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I hear Marshall is stalled after experiencing a major backlash from 2nd amendment advocates. He was responsible for some of the most restrictive gun control legislation in the state.

Posted by: VA Gun Owners United Against Bob Marshall | April 21, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

You're mad about a bill introduced EIGHT years ago?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 22, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

State Senator Marchall is a well educated political scientist. However the transition from local politics to a state wide race could prove difficult.
The big question is how he will do the Fairfax and Arlington Counties with his pro life positions in the event of his possible nomination.
Mark Warner is a formidable polished candidate.
Marchall, if nominated, will have to provide a state wide vision to counter the popular Warner.
Marshall has a far better chance at winning than Gilmore.

Posted by: Peter Roach | April 22, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Marshall may be a political scientist, but his far right stance on social issues won't fly in most of Nova. The man is rabidly anti-gay and anti-choice. Mark Warner's numbers are going to be so high in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax that neither Marshall or Gilmore have a chance.

The GOP's only hope of maintaining the Senate seat was US Rep. Tom Davis. And he's not even running for re-election, and I can only guess because he does not want to face a humiliating defeat like his wife.

When Sen. Webb defeated an incumbent, the VA GOP still refused to face the changing reality of VA politics. To this gay Democrat, I hope the GOP never "gets it".

Posted by: dacnova | April 23, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans learn the right message from Webb, they'll find themselves a Democrat to change parties.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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