According to the Associated Press, four candidates have filed for the Republican nomination for the November U.S. Senate election in Virginia.
Originally a contest between just Shak Hill and Howie Lind, former RPV chair Ed Gillespie made waves when he tossed his hat into the ring. Citing fundraising difficulties, Mr. Lind withdrew his candidacy shortly thereafter. Rumors swirled about other possible candidates, such as Delegate Ben Cline, but as the deadline to file approached, no new challengers emerged.
However, now it seems that there are two additional choices, Tony DeTora and Chuck Moses. DeTora has a website up; information on Moses is exceedingly limited at this point.
Given that the Republican Party of Virginia will be holding a convention to determine its nominee, it is really anyone’s game right now. Lest we forget, E.W. Jackson pulled off an improbable upset last year.
Which of the campaigns will catch fire in the coming months? And do any of the candidates have a chance to knock off Senator Warner?