Friday, June 15, 2012

Virginia Senate Race - #3972 - Allen-Kaine - U.S. Senate Race Quickly Kicks Into High Gear - Richmond Times-Dispatch

And now for the main event. Hours after George Allen easily won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, his general-election battle with fellow former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was gaining momentum. This morning, Allen campaigns in Arlington County with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a tea-party favorite mentioned as a potential running mate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. On Wednesday, Allen received the endorsement of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — another official with strong tea-party support — who had declined to endorse a candidate ahead of Tuesday's primary. Early Wednesday, American Crossroads, a conservative group founded by Karl Rove, hit the airwaves with a TV ad attacking Kaine's former role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Kaine's campaign also ratcheted things up by committing to eight broadcast debates across the state, putting pressure on Allen to do the same. The Allen campaign suggested the offer was disingenuous, noting that Kaine's camp did not contact the Republican's campaign about it until after a news release was sent out. Allen's primary win sets the stage for a heavyweight bout that could be key to control of the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of four seats to take over the chamber. The contest between Kaine and Allen — well-funded, well-known nominees who have been neck and neck in the polls for more than a year — would have played out in the national spotlight even if President Barack Obama and Romney were not battling for Virginia's 13 electoral votes.  Read more........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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