September 4, 2007
Former governor Mark Warner said that he would announce what plans he has for his political future in about a week.
Warner, who participated in the annual Labor Day parade in Buena Vista with other Virginia politicians, shook hands and heard some encouragement to run for the U.S. Senate.
Warner has reportedly also been weighing whether or not to run again for governor. Warner, who has no relation to outgoing Senator John Warner, said that he wants to talk with his family one last time about his options.
If Mark Warner decides this week to run for a senate seat, experts believe he will be the party nominee.
Sean O’Brien, with the Sorensen institute, believes Warner is by far the most popular democrat in Virginia right now, and running for senate would be pretty easy.
"He left office as governor as one of the most popular in the history of Virginia and he's still polling extremely well. He’s still very popular. He will be tough to beat if he is the democratic nominee by the republicans in Virginia," said O'Brien.
But O’Brien also believes the Republicans will be well prepared to challenge Warner at the polls.
He said, "The Republicans will certainly come after him for raising taxes because that was something that they were really upset about."
Other candidates that have expressed an interest in running for the open U.S. Senate seat include former governor Jim Gilmore and northern Virginia congressman Tom Davis.