Washington (CNN) – They came ready, aimed and fired – calmly.
On Saturday, the first U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie was marked by zings - but also political politesse.
During civil exchanges across 90-minutes stood two Virginians pushing different ideas but also outsize caricatures of the other.
On one side: Gillespie's branding of Warner as a political lapdog for President Barack Obama who's responsible for job-killing policies and who promised to be independent – but is not. On the other side: Warner's attacks against Gillespie's resume that includes lobbying and stints in Republican Party partisan posts.
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney is back on the campaign trail, this time in Virginia.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a fundraiser Tuesday evening in the Richmond area for GOP Senate nominee Ed Gillespie.
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Wakefield, Virginia (CNN) - Mark Warner was weaving his way through the crowd on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at the Shad Planking, the annual Virginia fish fry that brings beer-sipping politicos together in the tall pines of southeastern Virginia, when a burly man sporting an NRA sticker approached.
“Senator, did you read the Affordable Care Act before you voted for it?” he asked.
Warner, his brow furrowed earnestly, was prepared.
(CNN) - Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, leads Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by a 20 percentage point margin, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The first-term senator and former governor, who's up for re-election in November, carries 50% of Virginia voters, compared to Gillespie's 30% in the hypothetical matchup survey conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
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Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie on Thursday launched his campaign to try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.
"I'm running for Senate because the American Dream is being undermined by policies that move us away from constitutional principles of limited government and personal liberty," he said in a video on his new campaign website.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.
He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.
Washington (CNN) - The trouncing Republicans received in November's election was fueled partly by Democrats' success among minorities, who formed a record portion of total turnout and overwhelmingly cast ballots for President Barack Obama.
As the national GOP examines what went wrong, a new effort will focus on electing women and minorities to state office, where organizers say a new generation of Republican leaders can help change the perception that their party is no longer reflective of America's changing population.
(CNN) – Surrogates continued to spar Sunday over last week’s presidential debate, with Democrats calling Mitt Romney’s performance “superb acting” while Republicans said the GOP candidate showed substance.
Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs conceded the president failed to perform up to expectations last week in Denver, but quickly pivoted to judge Romney’s stage presence as “a masterful theatrical performance” and “fundamentally dishonest for the American people.”
(CNN) - While Mitt Romney said he expects his fundraising calendar to be "a little quieter," a senior campaign adviser sounded less certain Monday about taking donor meetings off the Republican nominee's itinerary in the near future.
"We're going to reach a point here–hopefully soon–where we'll have the resources we need to carry us through Nov. 6 and we don't need to be doing those finance events," Ed Gillespie said on a conference call with reporters.