Campaigning Continues

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

October 26, 2006

It is less than two weeks until election day, and Thursday both the Webb and Allen campaigns had some serious supporters out stumping for them in Central Virginia.

"We've got a lot to do by November 7," said Susan Allen, wife of the republican incumbent. "But I am very confident George Allen will again be elected to the United States Senate."

Allen's wife was in Keswick, talking with voters about the race.

Meanwhile in Charlottesville, Governor Tim Kaine talked up the democratic candidate Jim Webb.

"The race is a dead heat," said the governor. "A couple of the polls I've seen have had Jim up for the first time. You want to peak at the right time and I think he's peaking at the right time."

For weeks the race has been a virtual dead heat. However, while the numbers look close on paper, Governor Kaine said they don't factor in a key element, energy.

"One of the things that happens with polls is that they don't always tell you which side has more energy and passion. "I kind of think the Democrats feel like this is our moment to make a move," said Kaine. "At the end of the day it is about energy, and you can do anything you want with T.V. ads and everything else, but that can just get you to about the three yard line."

In such a tight race both sides know the importance of the swing voter. Susan Allen said her husband's campaign team will be reaching across party lines to secure a Republican win.

"You need independents and conservative democrats, who understand the importance of good government and somebody with integrity, like George Allen," she said.

With only days until voter make a decision, both sides say they'll be giving it their all in the final homestretch.

Meanwhile, the independent candidate in the race, Gail Parker announced Thursday she may withdraw. It's still unclear if she would back Allen or Webb. Recently she was only polling about two percent of the vote, but in a race this tight, it's a margin that could affect who wins.


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