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Tom Davis Unplugged

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) isn’t giving much support to his party’s presumptive nominee for his home-state Senate seat.

In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Davis calls former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore (R), “a weak candidate” and predicts that the Democratic nominee, Mark Warner, will pick up the Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. John Warner (R-Va.)

"I don't know how you stop [Mark Warner]. He's got all the money in the world. He's got the wind at his back. We've got a weak candidate," Davis told the Times-Dispatch.

Gilmore is the heavy favorite to with the Republican nomination, but has struggled raising money and has lagged well behind Warner in public polling. 

Davis was preparing to run against Gilmore in the Republican primary, but decided to pass up a bid after the state party opted to hold the nominating process through a convention.

Davis slammed the state party’s decision to choose the nomination through a convention in the interview – in comments that will surely be remembered by the party’s socially conservative wing, if he decides to make a future run for public office.

"A convention restricts you to talk to 5,000 party activists where they ask you, 'OK, now if you're raped by an in-law and the mother's life was in danger, you would allow an abortion? Oh, well, you're not good enough for me.' That's what it comes down to. It's ridiculous,” Davis told the paper.
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