Senate campaign chief urges Jim Gilmore to run in Virginia: report

The Senate's Republican campaign chief is now pushing for former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) to run for the state's Senate seat in 2018. 

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline Congress must catch up to voters on marijuana issue Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE (R-Colo.) reportedly met with the former governor in Washington this week to urge him to consider running in 2018 in an effort to flip Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE's (D) seat red, The Washington Post reports.

Virginia Republicans are currently scrambling to find a new Kaine challenger, over fears that controversial pro-Trump ex-gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart may clinch the party's nomination. 

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Influential Republican Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcCain: Trump plays into 'Putin's hands' by attacking Montenegro, questioning NATO obligations The Nation editor: Reaction by most of the media to Trump-Putin press conference 'is like mob violence' Lewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Utah) have also met with state delegate Nick Freitas about a potential bid for the nomination. 

Stewart lost the GOP nomination for governor to Ed Gillespie. Gillespie lost the Virginia race to the Democratic candidate and current lieutenant governor Ralph Northam by a crushing nine points in November. 

The party will reportedly meet for a mountain retreat this weekend to put their heads together after the recent gubernatorial loss and massive Democratic gains in the Virginia House of Delegates. 

Kaine ran on the Democratic ticket for vice president alongside Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE in 2016, which won Virginia by five points.