Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he’s running for president


Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he’s planning to announce a run for the GOP presidential nomination.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have,” Gilmore said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He told the paper that he’ll make his announcement during the first week of August.

He served as Virginia’s governor from 1998 to 2002.

Gilmore was briefly a presidential candidate during the 2008 presidential campaign but dropped out in July of 2007, citing a lack of fundraising. A June 2007 NBC/WSJ poll saw him garnering the support of just one percent of Republican primary voters.

In 2008, he ran for Senate in Virginia against Democrat Mark Warner, losing 65% to 34%.

The Republican field already includes 14 contenders, with two more – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, expected to make their bids official in the coming weeks.

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Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he's running for president