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Hey, if Terry McAuliffe could do it in Virginia, why not another DC insider, right?

Republican strategist Ed Gillespie officially announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Warner.

Gillespie, who was an adviser to former President George W. Bush in the White House and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, may have become the first candidate to show a positive image of Bush in a video since Bush left office.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, is now governor having never previously held elective office. He was the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Bill Clinton fundraiser.

Gillespie faces an uphill battle against Warner, if he emerges as the Republican nominee, but his candidacy will make Democrats have to spend money there. In other words, as Republicans aim to take back the Senate, they are expanding the playing field; it's not getting smaller.