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GOP Maverick

Wednesday, March 9, 2005; Page B04

The Election: The Republican Party, which has dominated Virginia's statewide elections in recent years, is trying to retake the governorship Nov. 8 after losing it to Democrat Mark R. Warner in 2001.

The Major Parties: The Republicans are likely to nominate former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore in the June 14 primary, though he faces a long-shot challenge from Warrenton Mayor George B. Fitch. The Democrats are likely to pick Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

_____Virginia Government_____
Potts Faces Wrath of Va. GOP (The Washington Post, Mar 9, 2005)
Hybrids Could Lose HOV Perk Early (The Washington Post, Mar 2, 2005)
Va. Tax Turmoil to Resurface (The Washington Post, Feb 28, 2005)
Road Funding Not Enough for N.Va., Some Say (The Washington Post, Feb 28, 2005)
Full Report

The Potts Factor: Stepping in to complicate matters is Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. of Winchester, who announced his "independent Republican" candidacy Feb. 25. Potts is a centrist who decries what he sees as the rightward drift of the GOP. He could draw votes from Kilgore or Kaine.

Payback: He outraged GOP leaders, many of whom are trying to oust him from the party and from his Senate committee assignments.

What Potts Says: "They don't have the power to tell me whether I'm a Republican or not. Only God and myself have the power to do that."

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