RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress is President Barack Obama — even though both candidates for the seat are former governors well-known to voters.
Republican George Allen is seeking political redemption by winning the Senate seat he lost six years ago. Allen has a simple strategy: If Obama falls, his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, falls with him.
Kaine was Obama's hand-picked chairman of the Democratic National Committee for two years. Their fates in November are linked in a state that both parties consider critical to winning the White House as well as controlling the Senate.
That makes Virginia the perfect spending target for the super political action committees, a chance to bag two opponents using the same dollars.