RICHMOND, Va. — Former Democratic Gov. Charles S. Robb, the most popular politician in Virginia according to polls, said today he plans to run for the Senate next year.
Robb, a son-in-law of President Lyndon B. Johnson, has been the near-unanimous choice among Virginia Democrats but remained coy for months about his political plans.
Since leaving office in 1986, he has maintained a high profile as chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, a group of moderate Democrats that has attempted to prod the party toward the political center.
Robb had been considered the Democratic Party's best hope for defeating Republican incumbent Paul S. Trible Jr., who had accumulated a war chest of $1.4 million for his potential reelection bid. But Trible, 40, shocked the Virginia political community as well as Robb in late September when he announced his intention not to seek a second term.