Va. Senator Jim Webb Won't Run Again
Democrat will leave after one term
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 11:42 AM CST
A file photo of Democrat Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia won't run for a second term in 2012, a decision that gives Republicans a better chance of regaining their swing-state Senate seat. Webb, a Vietnam vet and former Navy secretary, said he's heading back to the private sector, reports the Times-Dispatch. Friends tell Politico he never quite adjusted to the Senate spotlight, despite a strong start that coincided with debate over the Iraq war and his foreign policy strong suit.

Already, speculation has turned to fellow Democrat Tim Kaine, the current chair of the Democratic National Party and a former Virginia governor, as a possible replacement. Kaine has sounded less than enthusiastic, however, notes the T-D. The GOP frontrunner is George Allen, the incumbent Webb beat in 2006, thanks in part to his "macaca" gaffe.

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Feb 10, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Hey they actually put democrat in the fine print. Shocking
Feb 9, 2011 6:21 PM CST
I would have hoped that he would stay in. The Dems need somebody like him. However I guess that he is probably right that being a congressman just isn't his thing. Probably tired of all of the back biting and politics that are involved.
Feb 9, 2011 2:54 PM CST
I wish he was running. Disappointing to see he's not. Doesn't mean we lose the seat, even though the republicans think it's theirs already. <:-)