Bearing Drift is reporting that former RNC Chairman and U.S Senate candidate Ed Gillespie will indeed run for governor of Virginia, a contest that won’t take place until 2017. At first glance running a failed U.S Senate candidate might not be Republicans best choice but the GOP bench in Virginia has slowly shrunk as the state has turned from a red state to a blue state, thanks to the growth in population in Northern Virginia. Governors can only run for one-term so Democrats will have to find someone to replace current Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2017.
It should be mentioned that Ed Gillespie ran against the popular U.S Senator Mark Warner (D), polls all summer and fall had Warner winning in a landslide over Gillespie. Come election night though the race was really close and early in the night it looked like Gillespie might of pulled the biggest upset of the night. 2017 is very unlikely to be like 2014, especially if the Republicans win the White House and have to deal with the voters post-election disappointments.