Mary White, a retired guidance counselor from Northumberland, Va., drove an hour and a half from her home in the state's northern neck to attend a Mitt Romney rally near Richmond, arriving early to snag a seat. White is eager to vote for the Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday -- she points with pride to a Romney pin on her right lapel -- but when asked whom she will support in the U.S. Senate race there, she pauses to think. “I’m not too particular about which one wins. I think [Tim] Kaine would do just as well as [George] Allen,” she says, referring to the Democratic and Republican candidates, respectively. Asked whether she saw differences between the two men, both former governors of the state, White wrinkles her nose. “Not a whole lot. I like [Kaine] more as a man than Allen. Both have been good as governors.”....The presidential contest in Virginia is among the closest in the nation. The RCP Average shows Romney ahead by 0.3 points, and polls show Obama’s support shrinking since his historic win in the Old Dominion (by seven points) four years ago. But the Senate race between two well-known political heavyweights has been in a virtual dead heat for the past year, with Kaine now leading in the RCP Average by just under a single point, and Senate control possibly hinging on the election’s outcome. Read more....... Steve Peters Commentary: No one should hamstring a Mitt Romney win by splitting the ticket, nor reward Kaine for his failure to represent the best interests of VIrginia while he was our Governor. Kaine's past behavior has proven he prefers to represent the Washington D.C. Democrats failed policies over Virginia's best interest. While still our Governor(barely spending anytime in Virginia doing his job), Kaine was Chairman of the DNC helping Obama pass federal legislation that a majority of Virginians did not want. Also a vote for Kaine is a vote for Harry Reid as Majority leader, who just yesterday said he would NOT work with Mitt Romney. Reid and the other Senate Democrats are just as responsible as Obama for his failed policies. They passed legislation like ObamaCare without one Republican vote. Harry Reid has refused to even bring bill passed out of the people's House for a vote. A vote or Senator George Allen is a vote for real representation for Virginia's best interest in Washington D.C.
Editorial: Vote for George Allen - Washington Times - Polls show the race is neck-and-neck to fill Jim Webb’s vacant U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Republican George Allen, the former governor and senator, is in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Tim Kaine, recent chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and former governor. Only about 3 percent are undecided. Why this is so close is a mystery. America is on the ropes under Democratic mismanagement. The candidate in the Virginia race who can contribute to turning this country around and fixing the economy is George Allen.
On the issues, Mr. Allen wins this one hands down. His common-sense conservatism is based on maintaining a strong military, cutting government spending and reducing the tax and regulatory burden to give the private sector confidence to invest and create jobs. “Reckless, irresponsible Washington spending has resulted in unprecedented annual trillion-dollar deficits,” Mr. Allen told The Washington Times. “You can’t set priorities when you don’t have a budget — and the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over three years. In that time, Washington has added $5 trillion in debt and punted on nearly every effort to restrain spending.”
Michael Barone: Going Out on a Limb: Romney Bears Obama Handily -Washington Examiner - Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That's bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.
But it's also true that most voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery -- Friday's jobs report showed an unemployment uptick.
Also, both national and target state polls show that independents, voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, break for Romney.
That might not matter if Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 39 to 32 percent, as they did in the 2008 exit poll. But just about every indicator suggests that Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting -- and about their candidate -- than they were in 2008, and Democrats are less so. Read more......