Yesterday, Prince William County Board chairman Corey Stewart announced his Republican Senate candidacy, guaranteeing an aggressive campaign against Sen. Tim Kaine (D) should he win the party nomination. Mr. Stewart came within just one percentage point (a difference of 4,537 votes from more than 365,000 ballots cast) of upsetting former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie in the mid-June GOP Governor’s primary. Supervisor Stewart becomes the first serious candidate to announce against Kaine, though notable Republicans such as former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham are still publicly considering their own candidacies.
It is possible that Stewart could have the primary largely to himself because, as time passes, it appears less likely that either Fiorina or Ingraham will enter the race. A Kaine-Stewart match probably won’t be much of a contest. In a state turning more Democratic, a firebrand ideological approach presumably won’t convince the large number of crossover voters any Republican now needs to win in this once conservative domain.
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