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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Warner hopes Kaine will run for Senate in 2012

By Ben Pershing

Add Sen. Mark Warner to the list of Virginia Democrats hoping Tim Kaine will jump into the 2012 Senate race.

In the 48 hours since Sen. James Webb (D) announced he would not run for reelection, prominent Democrats have made clear that Kaine -- the former governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman -- was their top choice to run for the seat.

Touring Botetourt Technical Education Center in Fincastle Friday, Warner made clear he agreed. "I would hope that former governor Tim Kaine would run. I've talked to Tim. I think he'll probably make some decisions over the next few days," Warner said, according to WDBJ7 News.

Democratic sources have said they don't expect Kaine to announce a decision until next week at the earliest. The Fix on Friday cited an "informed party source" predicting that Kaine would make a decision before next Saturday's Jefferson-Jackson dinner, since otherwise the waiting game could overshadow the event.

A host of other candidates have also been mentioned in Democratic circles, including ex-Reps. Tom Perriello, Glenn Nye and Rick Boucher. Ex-Sen. George Allen is running for the GOP nomination, as is tea party leader Jamie Radtke. At least two other Republicans are considering the race.

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2011; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, Mark Warner, Timothy M. Kaine, U.S. Senate  
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Grassroots in VA turned to only one person, Perriello.

Within moments of Webb's announcement a twitter, facebook and web page petition formed to get Perriello to run.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | February 11, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Webb was Warner's choice too, but he grew bored with his new toy.

Kaine didn't finish his work as Governor before he was ready to split to become an Obama hack.

If you don't want to serve Virginia, why run for public office?

Posted by: blasmaic | February 11, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Kaine left office under a cloud. He seemed to lose interest in being Governor once he became head of the DNC.

And his tenure at the DNC has been a disaster, as the obnoxious tone Kaine set helped drive independent voters and moderates from the Democratic Party.

Posted by: coastofutopia | February 12, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how losing a string of races for other people makes Kaine capable of winning his own race for higher office. If Kaine can win, it'll only because Republicans slip up and nominate a target already weakened by Webb, George Allen.

Posted by: poliguru | February 14, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

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