"Republican leaders gave former Gov. Jim Gilmore a boost today by choosing to hold a convention to nominate the party's candidate to run for the U.S. Senate next year.
The party's state central committee voted 47 to 37 to hold a convention rather than a primary.
Gilmore, saying a primary would cost money needed to take on Democrat Mark R. Warner in the Senate race, had pushed for a convention. Eleventh District Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, saying a primary would broaden the party's base and boost the candidate's name reognition, sought a primary.
Neither Gilmore nor Davis has announced his candidacy. There was speculation that Davis, now, would not seek the nomination, leaving the field to Gilmore. A Davis spokesman said he would announce his intentions after the Nov. 6 General Assembly elections."