Senate campaign chief urges Jim Gilmore to run in Virginia: report

The Senate’s Republican campaign chief is now pushing for former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) to run for the state’s Senate seat in 2018. 

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior faces legal scrutiny for keeping controversial acting leaders in office | White House faces suit on order lifting endangered species protections | Lawmakers seek investigation of Park Police after clearing of protesters The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ MORE (R-Colo.) reportedly met with the former governor in Washington this week to urge him to consider running in 2018 in an effort to flip Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Senate panel passes amendment to bar using troops against protesters Defense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests MORE’s (D) seat red, The Washington Post reports.

Virginia Republicans are currently scrambling to find a new Kaine challenger, over fears that controversial pro-Trump ex-gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart may clinch the party’s nomination. 


Influential Republican Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Louisville passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ banning no-knock warrants Rand Paul aide joins Trump campaign, RNC fundraising group MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Senate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Hillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump’s social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives MORE (Utah) have also met with state delegate Nick Freitas about a potential bid for the nomination. 

Stewart lost the GOP nomination for governor to Ed Gillespie. Gillespie lost the Virginia race to the Democratic candidate and current lieutenant governor Ralph Northam by a crushing nine points in November. 

The party will reportedly meet for a mountain retreat this weekend to put their heads together after the recent gubernatorial loss and massive Democratic gains in the Virginia House of Delegates. 

Kaine ran on the Democratic ticket for vice president alongside Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016, which won Virginia by five points. 

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