ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- One of the battleground states in this campaign is Virginia where the presidential candidates and their running mates have made many stops in the closing weeks of the campaign. But the Commonwealth is also the site of a hotly contested Senate race.
This race is absolutely critical because it could very well determine which party will control the Senate. Just to give you an idea of how big a deal it is nationally, more than $50 million have been poured into this race from outside groups. That's more than any other congressional contest in the country.
Over the last year of campaigning, almost every poll has put this race in a dead heat. But a new poll released on Monday gave Democrat Tim Kaine a slight edge over his Republican opponent George Allen. 49 percent to 46 percent favored Kaine, with 4 percent of voters still undecided. Those undecided voters could very well make the difference. This race is razor close and that poll is well within the margin of error.
Tuesday, George Allen voted at Washington Mill Elementary School before heading down to Richmond to watch the returns come in. It will likely be a late, nerve-wracking night.
In 2006, Allen lost the race for this very senate seat by less than 9000 votes. You know he would hate to have that happen again.
But it's going to be close. The former governor is up against another former governor Democrat Tim Kaine. Tuesday morning he led by example, casting his vote in Richmond. His last few campaign stops have been all about "getting out the vote" and reminding Virginians about the state's new voter identification law.
There's been a steady stream of voters throughout the morning at this precinct in Mount Vernon. But the biggest crowds and the longest lines were here before the polls even opened. By 6 a.m., nearly 200 people were lined up to vote outside Washington Mill Elementary School.
Virginia's Republican candidate for senate, George Allen, welcomed the sight: "It's great to see, you know driving up..." Allen continued to campaign all the way to the voting booth, and he made sure, as tempting as it might be, not to cut in line.
Every last vote will count in this race. So remember when you come to vote be sure to bring a valid ID. The polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.