The Washington Times - September 3, 2008, 09:35PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jim Gilmore’s been a busy man since arriving in town for the Republican National Convention Monday night.

The former Virginia governor and current U.S. Senate candidate has had a schedule packed with media interviews and meetings with donors, as he hopes to build momentum for his race against fellow former state Gov. Mark Warner.


“I’m seeing people all the time here that can be of help to me in the Virginia Senate race,” he said during a brief chat this afternoon.

Mr. Gilmore stressed his belief that Sen. John McCain will carry Virginia for Republicans in the presidential election and said a win by the Arizona senator certainly would help his chances on the ticket.

Though he’s considered by some a longshot to defeat Mr. Warner — a multimillionaire who has far outpaced him in fundraising — his campaign has noted the number of Gilmore donors increased from nearly 2,000 to roughly 6,000 in recent months.

Mr. Gilmore said he’s excited that Mr. McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate — a politician that shares his approval for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“We’ve got the governor of Alaska on the ticket now, and I think that’s a plus,” he said.

He also echoed a message he delivered to the Virginia delegation Monday morning.

“I told them we’re going to win” in the Senate race, Mr. Gilmore said. “The issues are emerging exactly the right way.”


Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times