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Looking forward, Democrats have to hope Kaine gets another job to create an opening.
In 2008, Obama considered Kaine as a potential vice presidential running mate before choosing Joseph R. Biden Jr. for the ticket. Democrats say Kaine could appear as a 2016 vice presidential candidate, or be selected for a Cabinet position if Democrats keep the White House in 2016.
In that case, Democrats listed a number of candidates who could run to try and succeed Kaine in the Senate. They include:
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who was elected to that office in 2013.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who defeated Obenshain by a few hundred votes in 2013.
Anne Holton, who serves as Virginia’s secretary of Education under Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Holton is Kaine’s wife and also the daughter of former Gov. Linwood Holton, a Republican.
Former ambassador and ex-Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, currently seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Moran in the 8th District.
Former state Del. Ward Armstrong, who served as minority leader in the state House before being defeated for re-election in 2011.
“With the statewide sweep last year we do have a bench, which is something we didn’t have before,” said Democratic state Del. Bob Brink. “So it’s a nice luxury to have.”
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