Wednesday, November 09, 2005

VA Governor's Race - Hillary and Company Notices

Hat Tip to PoliticalWire.com

When Bush entered the fray to campaign on behalf of Kilgore in the Virginia governor’s race, the Washington punditry immediately announced the contest was now Bush versus Warner. Okay, I agree with long time Virginia watcher Dan Conley that yes this is overstating and simplifying the case.

Still yesterday’s win, given that Warner worked so hard to elect Kaine is a huge feather in Warner's cap. And yes, Hillary’s folks should be taking notice.

Here is a NY Daily News report from before the Virginia election.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hillary Clinton boosters will be watching tomorrow's race for governor in Virginia as the outcome could boost the fortunes of a potential opponent in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, outgoing Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

And while Clinton's camp has made it clear they are rooting for Kaine, his win will launch term-limited Warner onto the national political stage to join other Democrats vying for the "anti-Hillary" mantle in 2008. "If Kaine wins, it's because of Mark Warner's popularity, and if Kilgore loses, it's because of President Bush's unpopularity," contends University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato.

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