Recently departed Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Dick Cranwell thinks you can pencil in Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine as a Senate candidate.
"I think he's going to run," Cranwell told Hotline On Call during an interview. "I think it's up in the 90th percentile."
Kaine is reportedly set to decide whether he's running this week or next. Democrats ranging from outgoing Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) to President Obama have encouraged Kaine to enter the race, with most pegging him as by far the party's best Senate. Winning the Virginia race is critical if Democrats want to retain control of the Senate as they defend 22 other seats, and Kaine's presence on the ticket could boost Obama's chances in a key battleground state.
"I just think, look, he and the president are very close friends," said Cranwell. "Holding Virginia is important to the president, important to Tim. Tim on the ticket helps the president in Virginia."
"I think the word going around among Democrats right now is Tim really needs to run, it's a critical election," he added.