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Gilmore Puts in Long Days as He Hunts For Votes

Tim Craig

Republican Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III may be behind in the polls and in fundraising, but he certainly is keeping up an energetic pace on the campaign trail.

Over the next three days, Gilmore will be putting in 12-hour days as he hunts for votes in his race against Democratic candidate Mark R. Warner.

Gilmore visited a bait and tackle shop at noon today in Hampton. He is now on to a "meet and greet" in Williamsburg. Gilmore will start his day tomorrow at 6.50 a.m, when he visits shift workers at Smithfield Foods in Smithfield, near Norfolk. Gilmore will then traverse Southside with stops in Suffolk, Emporia, South Boston and Danville. On Wednesday, Gilmore has seven campaign stops planned in the south central part of the state.

If Gilmore can sustain that pace throughout the fall, he may be able to develop a reputation as being the candidate in the race who is working harder - especially given his limited resources - for the job.

Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, said he's not worried about Gilmore out- hustling Warner on the campaign trail. Hall noted Warner attended more than a dozen events last week.

By Tim Craig  |  July 28, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
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Virginia voters like candidates who work hard for their vote (who doesn't?). I'm reminded of Congressman John Lewis donning a tee-shirt and mowing a constituent's lawn in his primary this year. I hope Mark Warner takes note and makes sure the public gets a good look at how hard-working he already is. We already know he's smart and effective.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | July 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Gilmore will out-hustle his way to the Senate is just saying that because they haven't been able to keep up with Warner on the campaign trail. He did 8 events last week...on Thursday! Check it out:

Mark Warner is the former governor that will work for all of us in the United States Senate.

Posted by: Virginia for Warner | July 28, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The hole which Gilmore dug as Governor is just too deep for him to climb out of.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a minimum of a 60% Warner/40% Gilmore split in November.

Posted by: NoVA | July 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The biggest problem facing Jim Gilmore's election prospects is -- Jim Gilmore.

If I remember the statistics right, there are about 7.5 million people living in Virginia. And I'd vote for about seven million of those people before Gilmore would get my vote.

Posted by: Former Republican Driven Out By Va. GOP Activities | July 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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