Allen gets big endorsement in Virginia Senate battle
November 11th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Allen gets big endorsement in Virginia Senate battle

Washington (CNN) - Virginia's top Republican is backing former Sen. George Allen's bid to reclaim his old job in Congress.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Friday endorsed Allen's campaign for the Senate, saying in a web video and in an email release that "George Allen will need all of our help. He has my support and I'm hoping he can count on yours as well."

The popular governor's backing of one of his predecessors in Richmond comes as Allen competes against a multi-candidate Republican primary field that includes state tea party leader Jamie Radtke and businessman Tim Donner.

"George has always looked for innovative and bold solutions to help improve the lives of our fellow citizens. He did that as governor and as Senator. And we need George Allen's optimistic, results-oriented leadership working for us in Washington again," added McDonnell.

Allen was upset in his 2006 re-election bid by Democrat Jim Webb, who edged out the sitting senator by less that 10,000 votes. Webb's victory gave the Democrats control of the Senate.

McDonnell, the state's former attorney general, won a landslide election as governor in 2009. A source close to the campaign says Allen and McDonnell will appear together at events and fundraisers.

McDonnell's predecessor in Richmond, former governor and former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, is also running for the open Senate seat. While he's the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic Senate nomination, at least two other candidates are also running.

In 2008, Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential election since 1964, capping a decade-long streak of statewide victories by his party in the commonwealth. But Republicans won back the governor's office in 2009, after eight years of Democratic control. The GOP captured three Democratic- held House seats in last year's midterm elections, and this week won back control of the state Senate and widened their lead in the state House.

Allen and Kaine are neck-and-neck in the most recent polls of Virginia voters on the likely 2012 Senate showdown. Kaine has the lead in the battle for campaign cash, with about $2.5 million in the bank as of October 1, with Allen holding around $1.8 million cash on hand.

Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) next year, with the GOP defending 10 seats.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • George Allen • Senate • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Denise

    VOTE NO to ALLEN in Virginia! Been there – done that. No thanks. He's a menace to society. Lord help us if we have to deal with the likes of him again.

    November 11, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    McDonnell is the stereotypical conservative and what is wrong with our national politics. He has his connections to judges, district attorneys, and local politicians throughout most of Virginia. Try googling "virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli".

    And, don't forget that McDonnell is the same guy who back in April 2010 proclaimed a "Confederate History Month" and proceeded to rewrite history books for the school kids of Virginia before he was stopped by critics. The Republican Party has bamboozled too many voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This needs to be corrected.

    November 11, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. stevie

    Allen will win. Virginia is a red state, and 2012 will be a rehash of the 2010 Republican landslide that rejected Obama`s left wing ideology, just as Tuesday,s results were.

    November 11, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Being Conservative means you are expected to pick up after yourself before you ask someone else to do it. Liberal's Promise you the Moon and expect Conservative's to pay for it. Re-Elect George Allen, and start doing things for yourself!

    November 11, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. thomas

    All look and no see !

    November 11, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Add another Senate seat to the WIN column for Republicans. We'll send Obama a thank you card!!

    November 11, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    what is wrong with our national politics.
    ==============================
    I was thinking more along the lines of Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Got rid of Pelosi in 2010 and almost got rid of Reid. 2012 will see the completion of the task with the flushing of Obama and Reid.

    November 11, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Bill

    Stevie-
    Get your facts straight. Tuesday was not a landslide victory. The GOP eked out a tie of 20-20 in the Senate with only the Lt. Governor to break the tie. Secondly, the most populous and vote rich regions of Northern Virginia and Hampton areas went overwhelmingly democratic and will do so again in 2012. Finally, Allen is yesterday's news and is a clown. Anyone who has a noose hanging over is desk has serious problems.

    November 11, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Independent Voters

    Vote all these republicans out of the office they are destroying our country.
    Vote no for republican

    November 11, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. beevee

    The insulting remark he made of an Asian student has not gone away. I hope it does'nt come back to haunt him.

    November 11, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Texas Doc

    "2012 will be a rehash of the 2010 Republican landslide that rejected Obama`s left wing ideology, just as Tuesday,s results were" Tuesdays results, outside of Virginia were a national rebuke of the conservative agenda put forth by the American Taliban GOTea party. Face it, America is just not that into you guys....at all.

    November 11, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    George Allen gave senate majority to democrats in 2006 his calculation now tea party moment he may win sorry it won’t work that way

    November 11, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |