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Sunday, October 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the paperwork on Wednesday to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Gilmore becomes the 17th candidate to seek the 2016 nomination, a field that includes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Earlier this month, Gilmore, 65, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper that he planned to formally enter the race in the first week of August.

Gilmore, who briefly sought the 2008 Republican nomination before dropping out, served one term as Virginia’s governor, from 1998 to 2002, and was the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2001.

It was not clear whether Gilmore will participate in the first official Republican debate, on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The top 10 candidates in national polls will take part in the prime-time debate, with the other presidential hopefuls participating in a forum earlier in the day.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Photo: Jim Gilmore speaks at the Koger Center for the Performing Arts before tonight’s nationally televised debate between ten presidential hopefuls at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, May 15, 2007. REUTERS/Larry Downing

  • Independent1

    It seems that even many Republicans are not especially impressed with the current group of GOP Clown-Show candidates. Even reasonably little-known candidates like Jim Gilmore must be getting feedback from their Republican friends and cohorts that they’re not especially impressed with any of the current field of candidates.

    I would hope that at least most independents would be agreeing with that: when is the GOP going to field a candidate that has not already shown that he or she is a failure at governing; and/or not prone to constantly making outright outlandish and idiotic comments? And proposing an agenda that any moron would see would drive America into another recession/depression??

    Do any NM bloggers have a clue as to what Jim Gilmore has ever accomplished that makes him feel qualified to run for president? Did he do an especially good job of governing Virginia?