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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Republican strategist, pollster considers run for lieutenant governor

Add another name to the list of possible candidates for lieutenant governor in 2013.

Pete Snyder, chairman of the state GOP’s VA Victory 2012, has worked on several campaigns and, according to several Republican sources, is interested in running to replace Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

Synder, 39, a nationally-known pollster and media consultant whose clients have included Burger King, Coca Cola and Disney, announced Thursday that he is leaving New Media Strategies, the company he founded. He will start another Virginia-based company, Disruptor Capital.

The news prompted a complimentary statement from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), a rising star in his party who heads the Republican Governors Association.

“Pete will also be devoting even more time to his work as Victory 2012 chairman for the Republican Party of Virginia, and I know he will play an integral role in our efforts in this crucial upcoming election year,’’ McDonnell said.

We already told you that Corey A. Stewart (R), the Prince William Board of County Supervisors chairman, and Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R), who lost back-to-back congressional races to Gerald E. Connolly (D) in 2008 and 2010, are considering it.

Several Republicans said they also expected Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach) to consider a bid for lieutenant governor. McWaters, the founder of the health-care firm Amerigroup, could potentially inject millions of dollars from his own pocket into a statewide race.

The lieutenant governor position became more powerful — and more desirable — after November’s elections, when Republicans moved into a 20-20 tie with Democrats in the state Senate and handed Bolling the effective tiebreaking vote in the chamber.

Democrats being mentioned for lieutenant governor are Aneesh P. Chopra, who served as secretary of technology for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and is now the nation’s first chief technology officer, state Sen. Ralph S. Northam (Norfolk) and Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (Norfolk).

House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (Henry) said he’s still considering a run for statewide office in 2013, even though he lost his House seat, but we hear he’s more focused on attorney general.

By  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/15/2011

 
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