Virginia just got competitive in 2014.
Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie officially launched his campaign on Thursday to take on incumbent Democrat Mark Warner in Virginiaâ€™s U.S. Senate race this fall.
â€śIt’s official,â€ť Gillespie tweeted Thursday. â€śI’m running for #VASen.â€ť
The veteran Republican operative and former senior White House aide made clear in a campaign video that he will make Obamacare – and Warnerâ€™s vote for it – a top issue in the contest.
â€śSenator Mark Warner cast the deciding vote for it,â€ť Gillespie said. â€śIf I were Virginiaâ€™s senator, it would not be law today.â€ť
While Gillespie is expected to paint Warner as a reliable vote for President Obama, Democrats are arguing that the Democrat has a bipartisan record.
â€śThe truth is that Mark Warner is recognized by both Democrats and Republicans as a leader in the Senate in working across party lines to achieve common sense solutions,â€ť Matt Canter of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Thursday.
Gillespie will face several other little-known Republicans at the partyâ€™s nominating convention this summer. Because of Gillespieâ€™s ability to fundraise and make the race competitive, Democrats preempted his announcement by hitting him from the right in hopes of giving him problems with conservatives.