Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run

Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said she is considering running for Senate in Virginia next year.

In an interview with local Virginia radio’s "John Fredericks Show," Fiorina was asked if she would run against incumbent Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Kaine asks Shanahan if military families would be hurt by moving .6B for border wall MORE (D). Fredericks grilled Fiorina about recently attending several local events in Virginia. 

"Well, I don't know yet, John. Sorry, I'm not gonna make a big announcement on your show,” she said in the interview this week that was first reported by CNN.

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"Look, I'm certainly looking at that opportunity," she continued. "It's a little early to be making that decision. We're two weeks into a new administration.”

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO previously ran for Senate in her home state of California in 2010, attempting to unseat then-Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list Climate debate comes full circle MORE (D-Calif.).

After ending her own 2016 White House bid, Fiorina joined Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (R-Texas) as his running mate in the final months of the Republican presidential primary dominated by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE.

Before the November election, Fiorina was floated as one of the top contenders to replace Kaine, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE's running mate, according to a report by Politico.

Fiorina said the interview it would be a "very, very tough race" against Kaine.

"We should be realistic as Republicans," she said. "Virginia is a purple state. Virginia has two Democratic senators. The Democratic Party is going to throw everything they have at defending Tim Kaine's seat."

Fiorina also said the Republicans have "a lot of seats of their own that they need to defend."

"Who knows what the future will bring,” she said, "but I look forward to continuing to talk to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia about things that we agree on, things that we may not yet know we agree on — most people are pragmatic, most people have a lot of common sense."

Fiorina isn't the only national Republican eying the seat. Talk show host Laura Ingraham has also said she's considering a bid against Kaine.