RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - George Allen has brushed aside three conservative Republican rivals in the Virginia primary, setting up a fall battle to regain the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2006.
Allen received 65 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Tea party leader Jamie Radtke had 25 percent of the vote, while Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson and state Del. Bob Marshall each received about 5 percent.
Allen's victory sets up a November clash with another former Virginia governor, Tim Kaine, in a campaign closely tied to the presidential race in a battleground state both parties consider vital for victory.
Six years ago, Allen had been heavily favored for re-election and a possible GOP presidential hopeful until his chaotic, gaffe-strewn campaign against Democrat Jim Webb self-destructed.