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Gilmore Steps Up Senate Campaign

Tim Craig

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.

Gilmore has released "talking points" to GOP activists that he wants them to use to spread information about Warner.

The memo says Warner wants to raise taxes, withdraw hastily from Iraq, grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and push for universal health care.

Gilmore, who trails Warner in fundraising, also released a video on YouTube criticizing Warner's record on taxes.

Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, responded, "Virginians know the real Mark Warner, and they are not buying Mr. Gilmore's continued distortions."

By Tim Craig  |  April 30, 2008; 3:54 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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