Warner hopes Kaine will run for Senate in 2012
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.
| 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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