The National Republican Senatorial Committee wasted no time opening its first salvo against former Virginia Governor and now US Senate candidate Mark Warner, launching its “Don’t Mark Warner” website right on the heels of Warner’s own informal announcement made early this morning. The GOP, obviously frightened by the real prospect of losing Virginia’s other Senate seat, is looking to bloody up Warner well in advance of next year’s general election.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, the Republicans have their work cut out for them. Mark Warner is still hugely popular in Virginia, having left office with sky-high approval ratings and a list of popular accomplishments. The poll indicates that Warner’s favorability rating far surpass the two most likely GOP candidates, moderate US Rep. Tom Davis and right-wing Jim Gilmore.
Governor Warner, who initially considered seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008, is viewed favorably by 68% of the state’s voters and unfavorably by 28%.
Governor Gilmore, who recently dropped his long-shot bid for the Republican Presidential nomination, is viewed favorably by 49% and unfavorably by 42%.
Davis, as a Congressman, is less well known. Forty-three percent (43%) offer a positive assessment of Davis, 35% have a negative opinion, and 22% don’t know enough to have an opinion one way or the other.