NEW: Cline, Lind Out Of Senate Race
In Other News, GOP's Warner Endorses Democratic Incumbent
HARRISONBURG — The list of Republicans in the running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate dropped by two today, including a potential candidate from the Shenandoah Valley.
Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, announced in a press release that he would not seek the nomination at this summer’s party convention. Several hours earlier, retired Navy officer Howie Lind of McLean dropped out after several months of active campaigning.
Candidates interested in filing for the party nod must apply by 5 p.m. Saturday. The winner at the June convention will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in November’s general election.
The other big announcement from the Senate race today came from former Sen. John Warner, a Republican. He announced today that he would cross party lines to endorse Mark Warner. The two Warners are not related. Mark Warner, a freshman senator, succeeded John Warner, who retired, in 2008.
The Daily News-Record will have more on this story in Tuesday's print and web editions.