Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), who is looking to reclaim the seat he lost to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006, succeeded in doing something neither Rick Santorum nor Newt Gingrich managed to do: He got on the ballot in Virginia.
On Monday Allen turned in the requisite number of signatures to appear on ballot for the Republican Senate primary on June 12.
Allen's likely Democratic opponent in the Southern swing state's hotly contested U.S. Senate race is former Governor Tim Kaine. Though the two were locked in a dead heat over the winter, a March NBC News/Marist poll shows a gap widening in the race, with Kaine leading Allen 48 to 39 percent.
The good news for Allen is that he now has a super PAC backing him, Politico reported Monday. Independence Virginia Political Action Committee hopes to raise $2-3 million for his campaign.
While Allen is the GOP's presumed nominee, he is being challenged in the GOP primary by Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke, state Delegate Bob Marshall and others.
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