Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday he will remain in the Senate rather than run for Virginia governor in 2013, officially clearing the way for former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe to seize the party’s nomination.
The decision could have major consequences for both parties, as the popular moderate lawmaker was the clear favorite in the early polls had he decided to run for a second four-year term in Richmond next year.
“I loved being governor, but I have a different job now — and it’s here, in the United States Senate,” Mr. Warner said in a statement released by his office. “I hope my [value] in Congress is to continue working hard every day, to not simply blame the other side, but to actually try to find common ground so we can get stuff done.”
Mr. McAuliffe is the only Democrat to have announced his intention to run. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will fight it out for their party’s nomination.
Mr. Warner served as Virginia governor from 2002 to 2006. Governors are term-limited to four years, but can run again and serve multiple non-consecutive terms.
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