The Post plows a bit of ground familiar to Bearing Drift readers: Which Republican can mount a serious challenge to Sen. Mark Warner? There are two GOP candidates in the race — Shak Hill and Howie Lind. Neither has much name recognition, and an objective observer would give neither much chance to beat the very popular Warner.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. (Sabrina Schaeffer/Associated Press) Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. (Sabrina Schaeffer/Associated Press)

Ken Cuccinelli’s name is on the lips of many of his supporters. I appreciate the sentiment. But let’s be brutally honest: Cuccinelli blew his chance to take on Warner. Yes, he could still be a serious challenger. But I strongly suspect that if he decides to make another statewide run, it will be against Tim Kaine in 2018.

There’s a bit of a drumbeat for Sen. Jeff McWaters to make a run against Warner next year, and he may have the desire to run. His one downside? He could be vulnerable on health care. It’s not insurmountable. But you can bet the ranch Warner’s team is building a nice oppo file on McWaters based upon his time as CEO of Amerigroup.

McWaters’ clear advantage is that he could quickly become financially competitive in a race against Warner. Does he have the chops to run statewide? That’s the open question.

But there is another possibility — a potential candidate who has run and won statewide and who still seems to have the bug: Bill Bolling.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at BearingDrift.com.]

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