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 GardnerColorado must fight to protect net neutrality Senators demand info on unusual surveillance activity in DC Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush 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 KaineDems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting Mattis wanted approval from Congress before Syria strikes but was overruled: report Overnight Defense: Lawmakers worry over Syria strategy | Trump's base critical of strikes | Flake undecided on Pompeo | Coast Guard plans to keep allowing transgender members | GOP chair wants to cut B from Pentagon agencies 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 PaulTrump downplays concerns over Pompeo confirmation: He'll be a great secretary of State Senators demand info on unusual surveillance activity in DC The Hill says goodbye to 50 Most Beautiful MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeKey senators warn Trump of North Korea effort on Syria Rep. Jordan: Action in Syria ‘should be debated in Congress’ Congress has a 'second chance' for bipartisan criminal justice reform 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 ClintonHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program Pompeo can lead the fight against global hunger and malnutrition Poll: Cruz running neck and neck with Dem challenger MORE in 2016, which won Virginia by five points.