Former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie has concluded that the 2014 Senate race is “winnable” for Republicans, but he’s noncommittal on whether he will challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.
Gillespie told a group of Republicans in Norfolk over the weekend that he would make a decision before the Feb. 1 filing deadline for the Republican nomination process.
The state GOP will decide on a nominee at a party convention in June.
Warner is a former governor who was elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating another former governor, Jim Gilmore, with 65 percent of the vote.
Gillespie hinted toward a likely strategy for running against Warner this year in his talk with Norfolk Republicans.
Warner “said he would be an independent voice for Virginia in the United States Senate, and he ended up voting with President Obama 97 percent of the time since they were elected together in 2008,” Gillespie said.