Green With Envy?

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Poll numbers show Glenda "Gail" Parker could take up to two percent of the votes come November. That could be just enough to keep Senator George Allen in his seat.

"This could be a spoiler effect and bring Allen's re-election by, in essence, through the back door," says Political Professor Gordon Bowen of Mary Baldwin College.

He's not ready to close the book on the Virginia Senate race just yet thanks to Green Party candidate Gail Parker.

"Third parties persist on staying on the ballot as a way to suck votes away from one of the two major parties," says Bowen

That party could be democratic challenger Jim Webb. Polls show Parker could take up to 2 percent of the votes but Parker's campaign "Gail is for Rail" and focus on transportation could have her fall short of those numbers.

"I have a sense her numbers are going to be on the low end of that one to two percent," says Bowen. "Virginia voters are fairly savvy and this is an important election from a national policy point of view."

Meaning the race should stay between Webb and Senator George Allen.

"Voters are focusing on 2 major party candidates because they are the ones who have a realistic shot at the U.S. Senate," says Bowen.

As for Webb and Allen, their race remains tight. Both were on the campaign trail Monday. Webb was in Arlington and Allen in Dulles.


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