We’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally the time has come. The Gainesville Times is reporting that Senator Chuck Colgan is not going to seek re-election in 2015.
There are a lot of potential candidates on all sides with a political pedigree, and of course a lot that don’t have one, all of whom are going to start building their campaigns in earnest right now. This is going to be an expensive, difficult, and extremely high-profile race that neither side can really afford to lose.
With the Senate currently 20-19 in favor of the Republicans, and Republicans favored to win in the special election, Colgan lost his cushy sixth-floor suite as President Pro-Tem of the Senate. Since his seat no longer determines which side is in the majority, it’s not terribly surprising that this would be the time when Colgan finally decided to pack it in. Colgan wasn’t going to face a challenge from any high-profile elected Republicans who had any chance of beating him but now that there won’t be a popular incumbent in the race, I expect we’re going to see quite a few at least consider the opportunity for a promotion. On the Democrat side, there aren’t a whole lot of viable options beyond
Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, well, nobody, unless Porta moves into the district.
Hold on to your hats, folks.
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