Former Governor Jim Gilmore (R-VA) has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for President. He is the 17th major Republican to announce a presidential run. If former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson is included, Gilmore would be the 18th Republican candidate.
Gilmore had announced his interest in running earlier this month when he spoke to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The former governor of Virginia said at the time, “I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.” In addition to serving as Governor, Gilmore chaired the Gilmore Commission, which analyzed the United States’s preparedness towards weapons of mass destruction.
Nationally, Gilmore hovers around zero percent. The same goes for Iowa and New Hampshire, where he registers either less than one percent or zero.