Let the games begin! Saturday is the first debate between Republican Jim Gimore and Democrat Mark Warner for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. John Warner (R).
While polling numbers show former Gov. Gilmore trailing by double digits, no one should count him out of this game. Besides being a fighter, he has many facts on his side that have been conveniently ignored by many in the media ... and I am sure he will be pulling them out when he goes face-to-face with his opponent.
And before anyone becomes too cocky about Mark Warner running away with this contest ... a reminder that almost exactly two years ago Sen. George Allen faced newcomer Jim Webb in the same ballroom at the Homestead. George Allen was the redwood of the Virginia Republican forest and everyone assumed he would win.
A few weeks after that debate history was rewritten, proving that even perceived giants can be toppled. We never know what information, tidbit, sighting, even some unknown word can bring a candidate to his knees.
So don't write off Jim Gilmore yet. We still have four months to go and, as proven in 2006, a lot can happen in four months.
Cross-posted at Bloggers 4 Jim Gilmore
Jim Gilmore for Senate