By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — Now the real battle begins for the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia.
But the Tuesday primaries were no contest for Allen and Kaine. Allen captured more than 65 percent of the vote with 98 precincts reporting in the GOP primary. Kaine ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
This race could even determine the U.S. Senate majority with some saying Virginia is a swing state.
“Where Virginia goes will determine where the Senate goes,” said Allen in an April appearance at Raven’s Nest Coffee House in Culpeper. “This is the 51st Senate seat.”
While this is Kaine’s first bid for a U.S. Senate seat, Allen is seeking to regain the seat after losing it in 2006.
Allen and Kaine have admitted, however, that the race will be an uphill battle.
“It is going to be very, very close,” Kaine told a gathering of supporters in April in Charlottesville. “I don’t mind it, because I’m a close specialist. Close is what I know, and close is what I do. I’m like the Buy-Your-Maalox candidate.”
Allen has spoken along similar lines.
Kaine leads Allen in overall fundraising — $8.7 million to Allen’s $6.7 million as of May 23 — according to the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance database.
Allen’s defeated GOP rivals were Bob Marshall with nearly 7 percent of the ballots cast, and lesser-known hopefuls Jamie Radtke with mor than 23 percent of the vote, and E.W. Jackson with less than 5 percent of the vote as of Tuesday night.
In other primary election results, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor swept the GOP primary race for the 7th Congressional District with nearly 90 percent of the vote over opponent Floyd Bayne. Cantor will face Democrat Wayne Powell in November’s general election.