George Allen is making a political comeback in Virginia, according to a poll released Tuesday by Roanoke College.
The poll shows Allen leading rival Tim Kaine, 45-37 percent. According to Roanoke, this represents a gain for Allen since the last poll was taken in September.
Allen, a 59-year-old Republican, is a former U.S. senator, governor and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was defeated for re-election by a narrow margin in 2006 by Democratic challenger Jim Webb.
Webb decided not to run for re-election this year, giving Allen a better opportunity to get his old seat back.
Before his defeat in 2006, Allen was widely seen as a strong contender for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Allen describes himself as “a common-sense Jeffersonian conservative, guided by the ‘Four F’s’ that have shaped (my) entire life: Family, Faith, Freedom and Football.”
Kaine, 54, is also a former governor of Virginia who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Kaine was reportedly on Barack Obama’s short list to be his running mate in 2008.
“I served as Governor of Virginia during the worst national recession in 70 years,” Kaine wrote on his campaign website. “But our unemployment rate was among the nation’s lowest, and our median income was near the top.”
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