Three candidates besides former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie filed to run against Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerSunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Senators push Trump on defense deals with India MORE (D-Va.) before the state's Feb. 1 deadline passed on Saturday.
The other candidates who filed to run are unknown to most, and the handful of conservative activists looking to recruit a serious challenger to Gillespie didn't land anyone of note. They include Tony DeTora, a former staffer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Air Force veteran Shak Hill, and small-business owner Chuck Moss.
If Gillespie can avoid serious competition in the convention, as appears likely, that would improve his chances against Warner, Virginia's most popular politician. Early polling has found Warner with a double-digit lead in the race.