Failed vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine may soon be facing the toughest challenge of his political career courtesy of celebrated conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, who has begun eying his Virginia Senate seat.
This startling revelation was unveiled Sunday by the Washington Examiner, which reported that “several party insiders have approached the media giant to run and that she is considering it.”
While Ingraham has reportedly not yet reached a final decision, her business partner, Peter Anthony, has begun preparing by purchasing website domains for a future run — including ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com, the Examiner reported.
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If the conservative radio show host were to run for Kaine’s seat in 2018, it could potentially spell doom for the Virginia senator, whose positions on trade have reportedly spooked even his fellow liberals, as noted by the The New York Times during the 2016 election.
“He has been an outspoken advocate of free trade and has defended the North American Free Trade Agreement, which many voters in Rust Belt states blame for the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico,” The Times noted. “He voted in support of ‘fast track’ authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that President Obama has championed.”
Moreover, for most for the election, Kaine’s favorability rating remained between 20 and 35 percent, as tracked by The Huffington Post. The guy was simply not that likable.
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Ingraham, on the other hand, has numerous advantages in her favor, including two media mouthpieces by which she is able to reach the American people — her highly rated radio show and her news website, LifeZette. She was also well-liked by President-elect Donald Trump, who at one point had considered bringing her on as White House press secretary.
Whether this leverage would be enough for her to secure a win against Kaine — let alone a win against any potential primary challenges — is unclear, though one thing is certain: If she did choose to run, she would have plenty of conservatives ready to support her.
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