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January 24, 2011


Allen to Announce Senate Bid

As we noted last week, former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) will announce that he'll run next year for his old job.

USA Today: "Allen is expected to make his announcement on his website, which simply reads 'Stay tuned' this morning."

First Read: "While rematches are tough in general, a pre-Macaca Allen beat a relatively weak Chuck Robb (D) by just 52%-48% in 2000, a year Al Gore didn't even compete in Virginia (and lost the state 52%-44%). Of course, the Democrats still have to convince Webb to run for re-election. But if Webb does -- or if Tim Kaine takes his place if he doesn't -- it could be much more difficult than many are realizing for Allen to win if Obama's re-election chances are looking strong. Be careful handicapping this race ONLY through the prism of 2006 or 2010; presidential years dramatically alter the Virginia electorate."












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