Senate Hopeful Warner Slowed by Injury; Gilmore Campaigns in Fairfax

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

August 16, 2008

A basketball injury kept United States Senate hopeful, Mark Warner (D), from hitting the campaign trail in Charlottesville Saturday.

Warner was scheduled to meet voters Saturday morning at the Charlottesville Farmers' Market and then go door-to-door in Albemarle County.

His press aides told reporters Saturday, the 53-year-old suffered an undisclosed injury on the basketball court this week. Supporters say the injury will not slow Warner down for too long.

"Mr. Warner is an athlete and I understand he's had a basketball injury flare up. I'm sure that he'll be fine, but, you know, he's got to take care of these things," said Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-25th District).

Last week, Warner was asked to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. He is scheduled to take the stage in Denver a week from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Warner's opponent, Jim Gilmore (R), spent the day in northern Virginia. Gilmore went door-to-door in Fairfax County and talked with voters at the Prince William County Fair.

A poll released Thursday showed Gilmore trailing Warner by 26 points in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator John Warner.

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