“He’s got the resources and I think he’s got some name recognition,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.
“We can win this race,’” he said in a video posted to social media. “We’re going to have a big unifying convention tomorrow and bring our party together to defeat Mark Warner in November.”
Mr. Tobias said he doubts the candidate will have any trouble rallying the party around him, but that he faces some uncertainty from the public about his record.
“The big question a lot of people have is what he’s done, not having held elected office, and his lobbying work,” Mr. Tobias said. “People will continue to ask those questions. I think he probably can answer them.”
The election in Virginia will focus on expansion of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act more commonly known as Obamacare, Mr. Tobias said. Other issues of interest will likely be jobs, the deficit and other economic problems, and support for the military, which has a large presence in the state.
“He’s a respectable candidate, but I think Warner was a popular governor whom people still like,” Mr. Tobias said. “He has very high approval rating. As a senator, I have to say, he has done as much as almost anybody in the Senate to try to prevent gridlock.”