According to a new Washington Post poll, former governors George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D) are tied at 46 percent apiece in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia six months before Election Day, cementing the contest’s status among the most competitive in the county. Both parties believe Virginia will be a key determinant of which side controls the Senate come January.
Kaine, who served as President Obama’s handpicked Democratic National Committee chairman, might benefit from the fact that Obama holds a seven-point lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) in Virginia and will drive turnout among liberals and African Americans. Yet the new poll includes some negative trends for Kaine: Registered voters are now equally divided in their impression of him, with 41 percent apiece viewing the Democrat favorably and unfavorably. A year ago, Kaine’s rating was 2-to-1 positive, at 57-28.