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Newt Gingrich for Senate draft movement starts in Virginia

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With no major Republican so far stepping up to run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner in 2014, a movement to draft former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has started in hopes of wooing the former Georgia lawmaker and current Old Dominion resident into the race.

"U.S. Senator Newt Gingrich would be an immediate game changer, giving conservatives another voice that would take the fight to the Obama administration,” said the head of the effort, Andrew Hemingway, who served as Gingrich’s 2012's presidential campaign state director in New Hampshire.

Gingrich hasn’t expressed interest in the race. He also just started a new gig with CNN as one of the four co-hosts of the newly rebranded debate show “Crossfire.”

The popular Warner is running unopposed so far, though there have been some rumors that former national and Virginia state GOP boss Ed Gillespie was eyeing the race.

Hemingway said that the draft movement will be a national one and is starting with a petition from “thousands of Americans.”

In a statement, Dan Backer, treasurer of the effort, said, "No one can better articulate the values of millions of Virginians seeking an end to government overreach, the repeal of Obamacare and tax relief for hardworking Americans. And, Newt is one of the few potential candidates who can unite tea party conservatives and establishment republicans behind a winning ticket.”

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.