August 30, 2007
Senator John Warner will announce tomorrow whether or not he will seek a sixth term next year.
The decision by the 80-year-old Virginia Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, could affect the Democrats' narrow majority.
For decades the Virginia senator has been one of the most authoritative voices in Congress on military issues and a key player in the debate over Iraq. Warner would be an early favorite if he decides to run but if he decides to retire then it could give Democrats the chance to take the seat away from the GOP.
Warner had said that by September he would announce whether he will seek another term that would end in early 2015, weeks before his 88th birthday. He first won the seat in 1978 when he was married to Elizabeth Taylor.
Warner will hold a news conference Friday afternoon at the University of Virginia.
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