Virginia’s Gilmore makes 17 GOP presidential candidates

FILE - In this April 17, 2015, file photo, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. Gilmore told the Associated Press in a phone interview he will announce a run for the White House in the first week of August. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
FILE - In this April 17, 2015, file photo, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. Gilmore told the Associated Press in a phone interview he will announce a run for the White House in the first week of August. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential contest has grown to 17 candidates with Wednesday’s entry of Jim Gilmore.

The former Virginia governor told The Associated Press earlier this month that he would announce his candidacy in early August. On Wednesday, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

Gilmore, a former Army intelligence officer, completed one term as governor in 2002. He joins a robust presidential field that also includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, celebrity businessman Donald Trump and former technology CEO Carly Fiorina.

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