RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Amanda Chase reversed course Friday, announcing plans to seek the Republican nomination for Virginia governor instead of running as an independent in next year’s race.
State Sen. Chase (R-Chesterfield) threatened to join the 2021 race as an independent candidate last week after the Republican Party of Virginia decided to determine its candidate through a statewide convention. In a live Facebook video Friday, Chase said she is still advocating for the party to hold a primary but was concerned that running as an independent would split the Republican vote and guarantee a Democratic victory.
“I’ve been listening to the people for the past week, and they want me to run as a Republican,” Chase said moments after the video went live. “And so that’s the big announcement. I am going to fully seek the Republican nomination. I am not going to run as an independent.”Amanda Chase says ‘Virginians deserve better’ when announcing bid for governor
Chase explained that “obvious reasons,” specifically the long odds of an independent winning the governor’s race, led to her decision. While conceding that taking part in the GOP convention was the best opportunity available, Chase shared her concerns with the convention process.
“I think it should be an easy process. One of my reasons for supporting a primary, people are familiar with the process,” Chase said. “They simply go to their local polling location, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and cast their vote.”
Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, Norfolk State University graduate Merle Rutledge and Army veteran Kurt Santini are also running in the Republican primary.
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