Bearing Drift is reporting on speculation that Prince William Delegate Robert G. Marshall will be stepping into the U. S. Senate race:
Del. Bob Marshall, who only by the narrowest of margins was not the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate nominee in 2008, is apparently ready to give it another go.
The Prince William County delegate has been quietly collecting signatures to get himself on the ballot for the June primary.
According to sources, Marshall is at least collecting in Shenandoah and Lynchburg.
Last month on twitter I teased that there would be another entrant into the Senate race. I spoke with Delegate Marshall prior to that revelation in which we discussed things that he could bring to the race, namely his record – something that no other challenger to George Allen had. At the time I was teamed up with Tim Donner, and had made clear to Delegate Marshall that, while I was a supporter of his in his near upset of Jim Gilmore in 2008, I would be honoring my endorsement of Donner, though I would be glad to collect signatures for his campaign after the first of the year. Thirteen days later Donner gracefully bowed out of the race, acknowledging the uphill battle that was too great for any of the current challengers to Allen to overcome at this point.
With Donner out of the race, it’s a virtual certainty that Marshall will officially announce soon. The real question: Will Jamie Radtke and the others follow Tim Donner and clear the runway for a legitimate challenge to Allen?