Webb Leads Allen For First Time

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 29, 2006

The Virginia Senate race is getting interesting as democratic challenger Jim Webb has now surpassed Republican Senator George Allen in the latest Zogby poll.

The poll, published by the Wall Street Journal, shows Allen just one point behind Webb, but it is the first time Webb has surpassed the senator. Some political analysts think this may be a direct consequence of Allen's "macaca" remark about a UVA student.

"The fact of the matter is that since the 'macaca' scandal, whether Allen's remarks were racial or whether they refer to a species of monkey, they've changed the complexion of the race completely, and now Allen cannot be considered the 800-pound gorilla he once was in the race," David Wasserman of UVA's Center for Politics said.

A spokesperson for the Webb campaign said that although the lead is small, they are very encouraged.

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