October 1st, 2007
08:56 AM ET
11 years ago

Virginia Senate race will be Web battleground

From left, Gov. Tim Kaine, then-Senate candidate Jim Webb and former Gov. Mark Warner watch results come in for Webb's race.

(CNN) - Recently, on George Allen's new Web site, GeorgeAllen.com, the former Republican senator from Virginia listed some words of wisdom from legendary college football coaches like Knut Rockne and Woody Hayes.

Coming from Allen's keyboard, one quote stands out, from Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn: "Always remember ... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David."

In the summer of 2006, Allen held a monster lead over Jim Webb in the Virginia Senate race. One famous YouTube video and several campaign slip-ups later, Webb is now in the Senate wrangling over Iraq spending bills while Allen is at home in Virginia, blogging about football.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Peter, Amityville, New York

    Maybe the question should be asked, what is George Allen doing with a new website?


    October 1, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Brian Larsen, Syracuse NY

    The Republicans can smear Warner all they want, they're still not going to win.

    Kilgore attacked Kaine in the same manner and Kaine mauled him in the election.

    It was Allen's negativity that cost him the election against Webb.

    Will the GOP ever learn that negative ads against men of character like Warner, Webb and Kaine don't work in Virginia?

    October 1, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Moe, NY

    Who are these people? Should I know them? I think perhaps this story should have been posted on the sports page, if at all!

    October 1, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    "Who are these people?" They are the faces of the New Old Dominion of NoVA, the economic and political engine of high tech and progressive ideas which has supplanted the redneck GOBs from Richmond. Get used to it because it's the present and future, not the past.

    October 1, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Jorge Castro, Newman, MD

    If the GOP candidate is Gilmore, then they don't have a prayer and will easily lose the election to Mark Warner. In past years, Virginia has been referred to as a "purple state", meaning that it could swing either way during a Presidential or Congressional election. It possesses a sizeable, but not huge number of Electoral votes, mostly due to the large population in Northern Virginia.

    George Allen and his bonehead "macaca" comment was simply the final nail in the coffin of turning Virginia into a blue state.

    October 1, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. joe

    Northern Virginia has many newcomers, mostly from holes like New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The newcomers have chosen Virginia over their home states because of jobs and low crime (due to Virginia's conservative values). Yet, the newcomers do not make this connection and vote for the same Democraps that they voted for previously, which turned their home states into such holes. That is what Virgnia has to look forward to.

    October 1, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Christian, Tampa FL

    I get the feeling that the Democrats are headed for a major victory across the board, in the House, Senate, and White House.

    While my initial reaction to that feeling is relief and happiness, I am also concerned. No party should have complete dominance of the government. I hope that the GOP can withdraw slightly, reform itself, and come back again as a better political entity.

    No matter what, 2008 will mark the beginning of a new political era.

    October 1, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. David, Roanoke, VA

    One thing often missed when discussing Virginia is that Democrats are seeing a surge in places like Roanoke and Virginia Beach, as well as the counties of Northern Virginia.

    About this election specifically, Mark Warner is the most popular person in Virginia that I can think of... more popular than even the outgoing John Warner.

    Jim Gilmore is just a bad joke at this point. Every idea he's ever had for the state has worked out poorly. Tom Davis, on the other hand, is a Northern Virginian who knows how the state is trending and will ride a "purple platform" in his campaign.

    Still I can't see that either will have good odds against Virginia's favorite son, Mark Warner.

    October 1, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Allen, Redlands, CA


    I suggest that you check out the red "holes" that are Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and Texas. One look at these southern neighbors and would cause anyone to vote Democrat.

    October 1, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. laurinda,ny


    October 1, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |