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Posted at 4:41 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Poll: George Allen set up for easy primary victory

By Mike DeBonis


Last month, I wrote about George Allen's bid to retake the Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Democrat Jim Webb. Grass-roots conservatives, I said, could give Allen a serious challenge in the state's Republican primary if they can manage to coalesce behind a single candidate.

In the aftermath, I heard plenty of grumbling from the Allen campaign and supporters who essentially said I had no idea what I was talking about. They were particularly incensed at the fact I quoted Jeff Frederick, the onetime head of the state Republican party, who was dismissed from that post amid accusations of "incompetence and mismanagement."

They certainly have a point, according to the findings of a new Public Policy Polling survey, which my colleague Ben Pershing reported on yesterday.

"There are plenty of establishment Republicans who need to worry about primary challenges from the Tea Party next year but George Allen doesn't appear to be one of them," PPP's Tom Jensen writes in a blog post.

A full two-thirds of Republican poll respondents prefer Allen as their Senate candidate; Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), (who is not yet a declared candidate,) earned 7 percent; tea party activist leader Jamie Radtke earned 4 percent; and Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (also not yet a candidate) each picked up 3 percent. The automated poll has a margin of error of 4.9 points.

"More telling," Jensen writes, is that "only 25% of Republicans prefer a generic 'more conservative' challenge to Allen, while 52% stick with the former Senator." That's better than many other sitting GOP senators are doing on the same question.

Some caveats: None of Allen's challengers have particularly high name recognition, and with the primary more than a year out, they have some time to improve that situation. And, I will add, the Senate primary, which will be held separately from the presidential primary, stands to draw a relatively conservative electorate.

"But all things considered the specter of a primary challenge to Allen just doesn't look that serious," Jensen writes.

And now I go to eat some crow.

Photo credit: Associated Press

By Mike DeBonis  | March 4, 2011; 4:41 PM ET
Categories:  Campaigns, Virginia  
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Racist Moron!!!

Posted by: question-guy | March 4, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about Republicans that a clear majority of them support a man who revealed himself to be a bigot in the last election?

Posted by: shmoozer | March 4, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

don't belive everything you read or every alleged poll

taxpayers of virginia still remember when macaca allen tried to *give* away our money to disney so walt could create minimum wage jobs for people from ohio and kentucky while *we* got stuck for yet more taxes to pay for their social welfare needs

if the greatly obsolete party reruns allen they will see the same as happened in md when the gop reran ehrlich - allen will lose just like ehrlich did.

grumpy old pervert party needs new candidates not the same old tired retreads and no more picking doles or mcsames just cause they are old and it is "their turn".

tea party folks will fight allen,just like we fought his tax giveaway to disney, even if it means pulling the dem lever (or push the dem button) (or mark the dem OCR card)

not going to hold our noses and vote for the establishment's fair haired boy no more just cause he stinks less (allegedly) than the other party's guy.

the elephant folks need to support the tea party and not expect us to lockstep with their choice anymore

Posted by: systemsthinker | March 4, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

George was never obsolete because there was never any use for him to begin with .... except to brigands. Cutlass work on the foredeck has become more a venue for flensing knives. Seriously, how does one respond to critters whose idea of currency resides in cheeseburgers?

Posted by: jbksss | March 5, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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