Virginia Senate Race Comes Down to the Last Five Days

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG-- Election day is just five days away. Earlier today, Democratic Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine was in the Valley at the Rosetta Stone office. He was joined by Sen. Mark Warner (D) to host a town meeting with employees about jobs and the economy.

A local political science professor said Kaine was in the area today to try to take away votes from Republican opponent George Allen. It's no secret that Allen is expected to win the region, so if Kaine can persuade some people here to vote for him that will help him in the state. That makes it a critical region for both candidates. Allen decidedly won the area during his 2006 Senate campaign.

With time running down, Dr. Jim Josefson, a political science professor at Bridgewater College, said to expect more of the same in the coming days. "We would expect to see Tim Kaine portraying himself as this common sense, and George Allen giving us this kind of split personality. On one hand, he's got ads that are trying to portray him, very much like Kaine does, as a kind of common sense bipartisan moderate, and then he's got these very partisan kind of ads," Josefson said.

The latest poll numbers show a very narrow margin, meaning the race could be hard to predict heading into election day.

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