Democratic Sen. James Webb Will Not Run for Reelection

The 2012 election season just got a little more interesting, as Democratic Senator James Webb of Virgina has announced he will not make a reelection bid.

Via The Washington Post:

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.

Webb’s decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party. Ex-Sen. George Allen (R), who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, is running to win it back, and a handful of other GOP candidates are also running. Jamie Radtke (R), former chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is also running for the seat.

Some Democrats hope ex-Gov. Tim Kaine will decide to run for the seat, but he has given no indication yet that he is interested.

With Webb’s announcement, the possibility of a Republican takeover of the senate is a strong possibility and will no doubt increase the pressure on all GOP candidates as they head into the 2012 season.

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Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR7 years ago

The way the mid South is going, I doubt the odds of the Dems holding that seat are very good. Webb isn't forgoing a chance at reelection for no reason, he can read the writing on the wall and knows the attitude of the country towards his party's agenda is getting more hostile with each passing day.

The President and his party are fumbling a chance to take the Repubs main issue from them on this budget crisis. They seem absolutely oblivious to the deficit and American concerns at both a business and personal level with it. The chances of their returning to a majority in the House or retaining the Senate go down the more they act this way too.

But cheer up liberal/progressive statists. The chances of Obama getting reelected are still fair. Given his determination to drive out the handful of remaining moderates/conservatives from your party will only make the choice clearer in 2014and 2016...if the Republic still exists then.

Ira L.
Ellie L7 years ago

Second the motion: Please Tim Kaine, RUN!! We need you.

Sound Mind
Ronald E7 years ago

A good man will step up to replace him.
-Eternal Optimist

Barbara C.
Barbara Campbell7 years ago

Why is he really leaving?????? That is the $64,000.00 question. I'd really like to know. I'm an Independent!!!!
Barbara C.

Donald MacDonald
don MacDonald7 years ago

" Democratic Sen. James Webb Will Not Run for Reelection "

Has he also been caught trolling for sex on 'craig's list'.


Fred Urbasek
Past Member 7 years ago

Webb couldn't make a living @ congress so he goes private.

Mary L.
Mary L7 years ago

Representatives and Senators are leaving at an incredible rate. I wonder what they know that we don't.

My suspicious paranoid mind informs me that the bank non failures are going to be nothing to what comes next. They know it and are running before they catch the blame for what they and their predecessors have done to wreck this country for the almighty dollar.

Lucy Duke
Lucy D7 years ago

Amen! I'm from neighboring TN where I'm afraid we'll never see another democrat in any office; I can't vote for Kaine, but I'd contribute to his campaign.

Sara S. H.
Sara H7 years ago

Have to echo Phil P's comment. Have appreciated the seriousness with which Webb has approached his job. Hope we'll see him in some other role before long. Meanwhile - yes, Kaine would make a good run.

Carlene V.
Carlene V7 years ago

Oh please, hope Kaine will run. I doubt the people in will ever forget the "macaca" scandel that took Allen down.