Allen Already Campaigning Hard

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Still 17 months from a U.S. Senate election, Republican George Allen is campaigning at a pace more typical of a campaign's final weeks.

Allen's trying to rehab the all-star political career he crippled in his 2006 Senate reelection loss.

He is the marquee name in a little-known GOP field looking to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb, the Democrat who upset Allen five years ago.

Former Gov. Tim Kaine is the only declared Democrat running.

The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, Allen says he forgot his dad's foremost commandment in 2006 by underestimating his opponent.

Now, a frenzied schedule of appearances takes him to dozens of GOP luncheons, dinners and rallies where he hopes to hold off nomination challengers from the right and put his 2006 gaffes behind.

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