Virginia: Hit the Road, Jim: Ex-Governor Campaigns

Posted June 9, 2008 at 6:15pm

As Virginians head to the polls for primary day, former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) — who secured his party’s nomination for the Senate at a state convention two weeks ago — is kicking off his general election campaign with a three-stop “fly around” of the state today.

Gilmore will be joined by Lt. Gov Bill Bolling (R), state Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) and the party’s newly elected chairman, state Del. Jeff Frederick (R), beginning at a morning news conference in Richmond. That event will be followed by a lunchtime news conference at the Norfolk International Airport and an afternoon event in Manassas.

Gilmore’s campaign said in a release Monday that the candidate’s “Working Families Tour” of the state will include stops in Roanoke, Bristol, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Winchester, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Danville, Petersburg, Virginia Beach and dozens of other cities in the coming weeks.

Gilmore is facing another governor, Mark Warner (D), in the battle for the open Senate seat.

— John McArdle