Libertarian Sarvis plans run for Virginia Senate

Libertarian Robert Sarvis plans to run against Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerTurf battle erupts over hot cyber issue Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform Week ahead: Rival encryption efforts clash on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.), launching a bid less than three months after playing the spoiler role in Virginia's gubernatorial race.

"I finally got the go-ahead from my wife and told the Libertarian Party folks that I am going to run," Sarvis told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Sarvis took 6.5 percent against Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli (R) in their 2013 race. Strategists believe a number of Republicans and independents uncomfortable with Cuccinelli's social positions backed him in a protest vote.

Warner is likely to face former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the general election. Early polls have found Warner with a comfortable lead in the race.

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