Former GOP rep launches Senate campaign in Virginia

Former GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorVulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE announced Monday that he is running for Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Apple, Barr clash over Pensacola shooter's phone | Senate bill would boost Huawei alternatives | DHS orders agencies to fix Microsoft vulnerability | Chrome to phase out tracking cookies Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Sen. Warner calls on State Department to take measures to protect against cyberattacks MORE (D).

He kicked off his campaign on "Fox & Friends," arguing that Virginia has a “leadership crisis” and needs a “fresh start in the Senate.” 

Taylor, an ex-Navy SEAL, served one term as the representative for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District.

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His reelection campaign faltered after his campaign staffers were accused of forging voter signatures to put a third-party “spoiler" candidate on the ballot. His campaign is currently being investigated by a special prosecutor.

Virginia, once a swing state, has become a Democratic stronghold.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineIran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner House war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' MORE (D-Va.), for example, won his reelection race by over 15 percent last year.

However, Taylor told The Associated Press in an interview that his race is closer than it may appear.

He told the news service that his military background and moderate record on social issues will help attract suburban voters disillusioned with the party during President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE's time in office.

Warner's campaign wished Taylor luck in a statement to AP, while noting that the incumbent has raised more than $7.4 million for his reelection effort.

“Scott Taylor is an experienced campaigner, having run or explored running for five different offices in the past decade,” Warner campaign manager Bruce Sinclair said.