(CNN) – George Allen, who's running in a heated Senate race in Virginia, will not be attending the Republican National Convention in August, his campaign confirmed Tuesday.
"Since we are locked in a close race and can't be in two places at once, the focus will continue to be listening and meeting with Virginia families, veterans, and small business leaders on the campaign trail," campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis said.
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The candidate will instead give his delegate spot to another Republican for the convention in Tampa, Florida.
Allen, also a former governor of the state, is trying to recapture the Senate seat he once held prior to losing re-election in 2006. He's running against Democrat Tim Kaine, a fellow former governor and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Polls have showed the two candidates in a neck-and-neck race for much of the last year, and their contest is widely expected to be one of the most closely-watched Senate races this fall.
Both are vying for the seat soon to be vacated by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who's retiring after one term.
Asked if his campaign would call on Kaine to ditch the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, the campaign said they had no plans of making such a challenge.
Several Democrats facing elections this year have announced in recent weeks they plan to skip their party's convention.
However, Allen joins the relatively few Republicans who have made similar decisions for their own party's big gathering.
Heather Wilson, a GOP Senate candidate in New Mexico and former U.S. congresswoman, said last week she will not be attending. Her announcement came days after another Senate candidate out of Montana, Rep. Denny Rehberg, said he would not be making the trip to Tampa. Both cited a need to stay in their states and campaign.
The Washington Post first reported news of Allen's decision against going to the convention.