Today, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner informally announced his candidacy for the US Senate in 2008, to replace outgoing GOP Senator John Warner (no relation). Video of the announcement can be seen by clicking here. A formal announcement will follow in the coming weeks.
As the Washington Post reported today, Gov. Warner, who bowed out of the presidential race last October, is effectively taking himself out of consideration as a potential VP pick next year. Warner’s candidacy has the potential to be the fourth state-wide Democratic win in once-solidly red Virginia since 2001. Warner won the governor’s race in 2001, Tim Kaine (Warner’s LG) was elected governor in 2005, and Jim Webb beat George Allen for the Senate seat in 2006. A Warner win would, of course, bolster the Democratic ranks in the upper chamber of Congress.