Corey Stewart running for US Senate in 2018

Henrietta Brewer
July 14, 2017

"The era of the kinder, gentler Republican is over", Stewart said in a statement.

Former Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Corey Stewart announced his Senate candidacy against Virginia Sen.

He plans to reveal his plans at his historic home in Woodbridge.

Stewart now serves as the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

The next day Stewart said he might challenge Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate in 2018. "Virginians and citizens across the country need a fighter representing them in D.C. who will stand up to and defeat the smug Washington elites".

Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, previously ran in the Virginia gubernatorial primary in June, losing to now-GOP nominee Ed Gillespie.

Stewart chaired Trump's campaign in Virginia until he was sacked for protesting outside the Republican National Committee last fall. But Trump lost Virginia to Hillary Clinton, and only a third or so of Virginians approve of the job he's doing.

Other Republicans, including Laura Ingraham and Carly Fiorina, said they are considering runs, as well.

Indeed, Stewart cited his 1-point loss to Gillespie (despite the eventual nominee's huge advantage in campaign funds and endorsements) as evidence that Virginia Republicans are desperate for a candidate willing to defend the president and advance his hard-right policies.

During his 2017 race, Stewart was arguably best known for his defense of Confederate monuments in the Commonwealth and his support for the Confederate flag.

Stewart's platform remains closely aligned with Trump's.

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