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Virginia Republican announces gubernatorial run

Sen. Amanda Chase announced her candidacy Monday to a crowd of about 100 outside the Capitol, saying voters were unhappy with the state's new liberal direction.
Credit: Virginia General Assembly

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia Republican state senator says she's running for governor next year as an unabashed conservative on a platform of promoting gun rights. 

Sen. Amanda Chase announced her candidacy to a crowd of about 100 outside the Capitol on Monday, saying voters were unhappy with the state's new liberal direction under a Democratic majority. 

Current Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is not able to seek a consecutive term under state law.  

A populist who often clashes with members of her own party, Chase represents a conservative district near Richmond and easily won reelection last year. 

But she faces strong headwinds in a statewide race. 

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