Mark Warner: Governor then, Senator now

The overflow crowd at the Floyd Country Store for then-governor Mark Warner's town meeting in 2005.
The overflow crowd at the Floyd Country Store for then-governor Mark Warner’s town meeting in 2005.

Mark Warner was still governor of Virginia when he came to Floyd in 2005 to hold a town meeting at The Floyd Country Store.

The three county supervisors on the front row in the photo — Jerry Boothe, Kerry Whitlock and David Ingram — no longer serve on the board.  Boothe quit on his own.  Whitock and Ingram lost their re-election efforts.

Warner is now a U.S. Senator from Virginia and faces a re-election challenge this year from Ed Gillespie and millions of dollars of out-of-state support from Republicans and special interest groups.

Warner’s race is one of those targeted by the GOP in a concerted effort to take control of the Senate.

Can Warner lose?  In a year when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down to a relative unknown in the GOP primary, anything can happen but most campaign pros say Warner is among the safest seats in the Senate.

Still, anything can happen.

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