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Ed Gillespie Headlines Four-Person GOP Race to Challenge Sen. Mark Warner

Candidates hit the campaign trail in advance of June convention.

Ed Gillespie Headlines Four-Person GOP Race to Challenge Sen. Mark Warner. Screen capture
Ed Gillespie Headlines Four-Person GOP Race to Challenge Sen. Mark Warner. Screen capture
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie may be the big name in the GOP primary race for U.S. Senate, but it won't be a walk to the nomination.

Four candidates have filed in the race to challenge Sen. Mark Warner in the general election. The candidate are:
  • Tony DeTora, of Fredericksburg, a policy adviser for a California congressman.
  • Shak Hill, of Centreville, a retired Air Force pilot and financial consultant. 
  • Ed Gillespie, of Alexandria, a communications consultant, former White House aide, and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
  • Chuck Moss, of Nokesville, the owner of a small network consulting business.
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is expected to be selected in a state party convention June 7 at the Roanoke Civic Center.

What's your assessment of the field? Who should win the nomination? Tell us in the comments.

State party Chairman Pat Mullins welcomed the primary candidates in a statement.

"While it's a long way to June, and even further to November, I can say one thing with absolute certainty: each of these four men would be a far better U.S. Senator than Mark Warner, and I look forward to working with our eventual nominee to return Mark Warner to the private sector," Mullins said.

In January, Warner reportedly had $7.1 million in his campaign war chest — placing a significant fundraising hurdle in front of any challenger.

The Democrat also received the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. John Warner, a prominent Virginia Republican.

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