By now, you’ve seen that Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will run for re-election in 2009, and not seek the Governor’s Mansion as previously thought.
This makes Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who has already announced he’s running, the presumptive GOP nominee and the front-runner in the general election, ahead of either the man he defeated three years ago or a far-left delegate.
I imagine Tim Hugo will not run for Lt. Governor as previously rumored, and will instead run for re-election in 2009. No word yet on Corey Stewart or Jay O’Brien, but I can’t imagine either getting a lot of support now. Del. Kenny Alexander may be the Democratic front-runner, as it’s unlikely anyone will want to challenge a strong incumbent.
Now all we need a definitive word on an AG candidate. Ken Cuccinelli’s name has been strongly churned by the rumor mill. With McDonnell/Bolling at the top, a NoVa Republican would fit in well. Let’s hope it comes true.
As far as I’m concerned, a McDonnell/Bolling/Cuccinelli ticket is the strongest possible ticket the Virginia GOP could come up with, as it presents a lot of strengths, especially regional balance, statewide viability, and loads of experience, with no real negatives like bruising primaries. Against a ticketÂ such asÂ Moran/Alexander/Shannon, I like our chances. A lot.