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 GardnerDemocrats must end mob rule GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' Democrats won’t let Kavanaugh debate die 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 KaineOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms 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 PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line 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 ClintonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district The Democratic Donald Trump is coming MORE in 2016, which won Virginia by five points.