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Ed Gillespie Wins Va. GOP Senate Nomination

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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 06: Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser for the Romney Campaign, speaks to the crowd on stage during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Voters went to polls in the heavily contested presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 06: Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser for the Romney Campaign, speaks to the crowd on stage during Mitt Romney’s campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Voters went to polls in the heavily contested presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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ROANOKE, Va. — Former presidential adviser and lobbyist Ed Gillespie has won the Republican nomination at the state party convention and will face Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in the general election in November.

Gillespie won the nod Saturday at the Virginia Republican Convention in Roanoke to challenge Warner, a former Virginia governor and early favorite in the race.

Gillespie is the former Republican National Committee chairman and a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. A onetime aide on Capitol Hill, Gillespie also has made millions as a corporate lobbyist.

Gillespie beat out three rivals for the nomination: insurance salesman Shak Hill; congressional staffer Tony DeTora; and Chuck Moss, owner of at a network consulting business.

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