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Republican political wranglers are pushing former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson to run for the Senate seat in Virginia being vacated by Sen. John W. Warner, according to American Spectator’s Prowler.
Another Warner — former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat — is seeking the seat. Mr. Olson, who is in private practice and is serving as a key adviser to former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in his quest for the White House, had no knowledge that his name was being bandied about, or that Republicans were looking to him as a potential candidate.
“Olson is one of those guys who you’d love to see just tee off on Warner during a debate and on the stump,” a conservative Republican operative in Virginia said. “We need guys like him in the race.”
Some Republicans think he could become an ace fundraiser, particularly in Northern Virginia, which has increasingly become a stronghold for Democrats.
“His political background and high profile in conservative circles would actually make him a national candidate from a fundraising perspective,” a New York-based fundraiser said. “He could actually go toe to toe with Warner on the donor front if he were interested in getting into this thing.”
Stats on the race itself? A Rasmussen Reports survey of 500 likely voters released Oct. 30 finds Mr. Warner leading the Republican hopeful, former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, 53 percent to 37 percent.
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