September 17, 2008
Thursday's debate before an elite group of business titans in Fairfax County could shake up this year's Senate race if the forum's recent trend holds.
Former Governors Jim Gilmore, a Republican, and Mark Warner, a Democrat, debate a second time before a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in McLean. Warner now dominates the race.
But this debate has been a trap for favorites the past two statewide races.
In 2005, moderator Tim Russert burned Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore as he dodged a question about abortion.
A year later, Republican Senator George Allen stumbled badly in responding to a question about his mother's Jewish ancestry.
Both Republicans lost.