Allen wins Virginia GOP Senate primary, CNN projects
June 12th, 2012
08:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Allen wins Virginia GOP Senate primary, CNN projects

(CNN) – After facing a crowded field of Senate hopefuls in Virginia, GOP candidate George Allen won the commonwealth's primary Tuesday, CNN projects.

Allen's victory marked a final hurdle in his bid to run against Democrat Tim Kaine in one of the nation's most closely-watched Senate races.

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“Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington," Allen said in a statement Tuesday night.

Voters chose between Allen, state lawmaker Bob Marshall, tea party activist Jamie Radtke, and minister E.W. Jackson. Marshall represented the most serious competitor against Allen, though he still trailed far behind Allen in recent polls heading up to the primary.

While Allen shored up the Republican nomination this week, his three opponents nevertheless left their mark on the primary race by forcing the candidate to run further to the right in his campaign.

Allen previously held the Senate seat before losing re-election in 2006 to Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who's now retiring after one term.

Meanwhile, Kaine, also a former governor and the former Democratic National Committee chairman, ran unopposed on the Democratic side.

"I want to congratulate George Allen for his victory in tonight's primary," Kaine said in a statement Tuesday night. "As we move into the general election phase of this campaign, Virginians are faced with a stark choice between two very different visions for our country's future."

In this year's first quarter, the Democrat reported having more money in the bank than his Republican opponent - $4.4 million to Allen's $2.7 million.

Along with a Senate race featuring two former governors, Virginia will be a political hotbed this fall in the presidential election as both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney vie for the crucial swing state.


Filed under: 2012 • George Allen • Senate • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. judy

    well if he held the seat before we know what he will go back to.Forward. 2012

    June 12, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    Oh! that's cool. I remember Allen. He was the one that introduced us to the "Makaka" line. Are these bigots still trying to return to power? Is America short of respectable, inclusive men and women that it allows such men like Allen to go to Washington and make laws? Unfortunate.

    June 12, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. HRPuckinfutz

    How is this a message to Obama when it was a Republican primary? If he wins in November, then he can say it is a message to Obama. If he loses, he can shut the heck up.

    June 12, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Norma Vessels

    If Mr. Allen wins against the Democrat this November, I surely hope he knows more words than the constant "NO" that's invading the present Republican Congress these past couple of years!

    June 12, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. RillyKewl

    isn't this the macaque guy?
    the racist who thought the camera wasn't recording?

    why would anybody want to put this jerk back in office?

    June 12, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. 100 % ETHIO

    I love the Jews, but I don't trust them. Check their historical track record and let US know.

    June 12, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Psst, Allen is a racist. The message GOP voters sent, is that they're all racists.

    June 12, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Linden Atrocity

    Wow, thought that racist was done with politics. Guess not.

    June 12, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. DAL

    “Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington," Allen said in a statement Tuesday night.

    How is running in a primary a message to President Obama? The man ran against other Republicans, didn't he?

    June 12, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Frank

    This is the same George Allen who (thinking the questioner was black) called a young man who asked him a question he did not like a "macaca," southern slang for a monkey. He would be a closet racist but for the fact that he is a demonstrated one.

    June 12, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. jimatmadison

    This embarrassment to the GOP is still running around?

    Yick!

    June 12, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. DAL

    “Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington," Allen said in a statement Tuesday night.

    Make that:
    How is WINNING a primary a message to President Obama? The man ran against other Republicans, didn't he?

    June 12, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. Mike

    Fast forward to November and hopefully we'll be hearing about the same story only on a much larger scale. It just proves money can't always buy an election.

    June 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. mfx3

    Not sure what message was sent to Obama today, other than a republican won a republican senate primary.

    June 12, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. chuck weidemann

    What was it the extreme liberal.... Ronald Reagan said " there they go again" or words to that effect....recycle your leaders,take a year or two off reinvent yourself and back in the saddle again!!! What is it with republicans Romney ,now Allen....try,try again always going backwards. Progress requires movement Foward with new ideas and new faces.....This is not your grandfather's world you know!!!!

    June 12, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. 2tor

    "...faced with a stark choice between two very different visions for our country's future."

    Amen to that. A failed one, or a hopeful one. You decide.

    June 12, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. PTBarnumboy

    I'd glady repay you next week for a hamburger today. A fool and his money are soon parted. Every crowd has a silver lining. Don't pee down my leg and tell me it's raining.

    June 12, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Really?

    "I want to congratulate George Allen for his victory in tonight's primary," Kaine said in a statement Tuesday night. "As we move into the general election phase of this campaign, Virginians are faced with a stark choice between two very different visions for our country's future." – Capitalism or Communism.

    June 12, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Larry L

    The people of Virginia are smart enough to know the truth about the "policies coming out of Washington". Republicans got us into this mess and they obstruct all attempts to fix it. No matter how hard they try to ignore the Bush years the truth is obvious. Nobody could fix the recession when half of the Congress actually wanted failure. Virginians are smarter than the typically "red states".

    June 12, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    ►“Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington," ◄

    ROTFLMAO – THOUSANDS?? Really? And they sent a message to WHOM? ME? Give me a break – the ONLY message sent was the fact that you will be going up against Kaine who in the end will BEAT YOU!!! Republicans voted today and it makes sense – duh, they had to choose a nominee... Jeez!!!

    Obama 2012 – Kaine 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 12, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Joe

    George Allen's primary win confirms that the GOP is and will always be the party of old, white, rich men. Does he think people have forgotten about his "macaca" moment from 2006?

    June 12, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. Macaque

    Oh, he won't get my vote or that of my other fellow macaques.

    June 12, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. jane

    who cares about this racist

    June 13, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Gezellig

    “Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington,"

    What, by picking a Rupublican candidate for the General Election? If they did not want to send that message what would they have done, not had the Republican primary? Would picking one of the other candidates have sent a different message? Really, what a stupid comment......robotic same-ole same-ole devoid of original thought.

    June 13, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. The_Mick

    The unemployment rate in Virginia is 5.6%. Why would Virginians "have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington"?

    June 13, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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