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Report: Ed Gillespie gearing up for Senate run vs. Mark Warner

The New York Times is reporting that former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is gearing up for a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner.

The seat is up for re-election this year. Warner, a former governor, won the seat in 2008 with 65 percent of the vote in a race with former Republican governor jim gilmore.

Gillespie made news over the weekend in telling a group of Norfolk Republicans that he viewed the 2014 Senate race with Warner as “winnable.”

He said at that event that he would make a final call by the Feb. 1 filing deadline to be considered for the Republican nomination.

Democrats are already pouncing at the chance to knock Gillespie down a peg. Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement on a possible Gillespie candidacy:

“Virginians don’t want to elect a DC shadow lobbyist like Ed Gillespie who epitomizes the reckless and irresponsible Republican economic agenda. Gillespie won’t work to strengthen Virginia’s economy, cut the nation’s debt or work to find common ground in Washington the way Mark Warner has done, and Virginians know that.

Democrats have had great electoral success in Virginia in the last several years and are confident that they will reelect Senator Warner so he can continue representing Virginia families and doing what’s right for Virginia’s economy.”

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The UVA football hazing suit: A change in culture?

You thought the worst part of the UVA football experience was what you saw on the field. Now the headlines about the program have the word “hazing” in them.

Debate: The headlines, not surprisingly, are about Trump not accepting election results

Donald Trump, down big in the national polls, needed to score at least a knockdown, if not a knockout, in tonight’s presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.

Quinnipiac: Clinton leads Trump by seven in national poll

Republican Donald Trump’s lead among men and white voters all but vanishes as Democrat Hillary Clinton takes a 47-40 percent likely voter lead.

Poll: Virginia voters back Atlantic Coast Pipeline, kinda, sorta

A new poll from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce shows at first glance broad-based support for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Poll: Tom Garrett has lead in Fifth District race

The campaign of presumptive Fifth District favorite Tom Garrett is citing new polling to claim a lead that is smaller than you’d expect.

Update: One teen in custody in Waynesboro High School bomb threat hoax

Detectives today obtained a criminal charge and detention order for the oldest student involved in Monday’s bomb threat hoax.

This week's Viewpoints: Previewing the final 2016 presidential debate

This week’s guest on Viewpoints on WVPT is Bobbi Gentry, a political-science professor at Bridgewater College and roller-derby enthusiast.

Our View: Hillary Clinton gets nod for president

Democrat Hillary Clinton is our choice for president in the Nov. 8 election, after which we hope the nation can take steps toward healing.

Too hard to do the right thing: UVA can't get out of its own way, again

The enthusiasm of the UVA football fan base is long gone, judging by the 22,000-plus seats left unclaimed on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

UVA survey reveals deep public disgust over political culture

A new UVA survey reveals Americans’ deep dissatisfaction with the country’s political culture, personified by the leading candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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