(Griffith is on the right)

Republicans are battling for the gubernatorial nomination in the year that might provide the best opportunity to win statewide since Bob McDonnell in 2009.

The first endorsement in the Republican race for governor from a sitting member of Congress goes to Del. Kirk Cox. Congressman Morgan Griffith of Virginia’s 9th Congressional District announced his endorsement of Cox for Governor on Monday.

“I had the privilege of working alongside Kirk for nearly 30 years in the House of Delegates and in House leadership. While we did not, and certainly never will, always agree on every issue, I can attest to Kirk’s ability to govern as a steady hand. I think that is more important than ever,” said Griffith. “Kirk isn’t flashy, but we’ve had flashy and headline-grabbing governors for the last eight years. It’s time for a governor whose first and only concern is working hard for Virginians.” 

“It is an honor to have a conservative and dear friend like Congressman Morgan Griffith endorse our campaign,” said Cox. “Congressman Griffith, as the first Republican to hold the Majority Leader position since reconstruction, knows exactly what it takes to work together and earn the support for your ideas. To put an end to one-party Democratic rule in Virginia, our party must come together in every corner of the Commonwealth. With Morgan, Bill Carrico, Terry Kilgore, Will Wampler, Will Morefield, Nick Rush and dozens of others on our team in the Ninth District, I know we can and will win on May 8.”

Cox is vying for the Republican nomination with state Senator Amanda Chase, media executive Pete Snyder, and former executive at The Carlyle Group Glenn Youngkin.

The nomination convention has been scheduled for May 8, but due to concerns about bringing a large group of people together during the COVID-19 pandemic, the specifics of the convention are still undecided.

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