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Primary Watch: Allen Declared Winner in GOP Primary

Many expected the former Virginia Gov. George Allen to win Tuesday's primary.

Former Gov. George Allen won Tuesday’s Virginia GOP primary, fending off challenges from E.W. Jackson, Del.  and . 

Allen will face former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen Jim Webb (D).

Speaking from Richmond Tuesday night, Allen thanked his supporters, his wife and others, and called himself a "common sense conservative nominee."

 Allen wrote in a statement posted on his website Tuesday evening, “Today, thousands of Virginians sent a message to President Obama, Tim Kaine and their allies in Washington that they have had enough of the failed policies coming out of Washington.  The way to get America creating jobs again is to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of America with pro-job growth policies, unleash our American energy resources and creativity, and rein in an overreaching, overspending federal government."

Allen commended Radtke, Jackson and Marshall for their passion and their concern for the future of Virginia.

Allen's opponent in the November election, former Gov. Tim Kaine, wrote in an email to the media, "As we move into the general election phase of this campaign, Virginians are faced with a stark choice between two very different visions for our country's future. ... Voters already had the chance to experience George Allen's vision during his last term in the Senate, which turned record surpluses into massive deficits, added trillions to our debt, and put opportunity for a select few ahead of opportunity for all our businesses and families. George Allen's approach helped create our economic mess; Virginians can't afford six more years."

Low Voter Turnout

Early this morning, Allen and his wife, Susan,  in their home neighborhood in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.

“Well, our goal obviously is to win and the bigger the turnout the better," Allen told Patch from Washington Mill Elementary School early this morning, a precinct in the Mount Vernon District. "We have good friendships and relationships throughout Virginia, so the bigger the turnout, the better it’ll be for us. We’re cautiously optimistic.”

Relatively low turnout on Tuesday did not seem to hurt Allen at the polls, however. According to unofficial results from the Virginia State Board of Elections, fewer than 5.1 percent of active voters cast ballots.

In Fredericksburg, Allen won all five precincts in Fredericksburg. Only 428 of 13,826 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday.

 

As of 10 p.m., with 99.5 percent of precincts reporting, Allen had received 65.4 percent of the votes. Radtke came in second with 23.1 percent, Marshall had 6.8 percent and Jackson had 4.7 percent.

with Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Tuesday night, McDonnell wrote in an email, "I want to congratulate my great friend George Allen for a very well-deserved victory tonight.This November, Virginians have a critically important decision to make. These are tough times in America. Our next Senator must be a proven leader.  Someone who is committed to growing our economy,  promoting American energy independence, and getting spending under control. George Allen is that leader, and he will be that Senator.

"I look forward to traveling all across Virginia and working hard to ensure that George Allen is elected to the United States Senate this November.”

Del. Bob Marshall, who represents the greater Manassas area, told Patch Tuesday evening, "I wish [George] well and if he wants my help, I'll help him. I just have to make sure I can change some of the stuff in DC — maybe I can do it through the state level. I haven't thought this out to the extent that I'd like to, but I'm thinking maybe we need to develop state compacts, to neutralize some of what's going on in Washington."

Marshall said he really looks forward to continuing to be a delegate in Virginia.

Patch editor Jamie Rogers contributed to this report.

Marta D. Saltus June 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Judging by the immaturity of your comment, my guess is you are no older than 14!
sayingitloud June 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Marta, your repeated personal attacks against various posters are against the terms of use of this site. I suggest you tone it down or risk banishment.
SouthArlJD June 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Marta D. Saltus, you clearly don't understand what Obamacare is or does if you are arguing for its repeal. Repeal what, the right of those with pre-existing conditions to maintain their coverage? The right of your young adult children to remain on your policy? The right to keep your policy even if you commit the unpardonable sin of actually USING it? The right to have 80 cents of every dollar spent on coverage go for patient costs instead of into the pockets of the insurance companies? The right not to have the insurance company rescind your coverage? Which of these "abominations" do you oppose, Marta? As for Allen and his "lower taxes, smaller government," etc., please give it a rest. Slogans don't make policy. The REALITY is that there has been a vast expansion of oil exploration and development in the private sector under President Obama and we are now producing far more oil than we did under President Bush. But guess what? We're EXPORTING that oil. As for the drilling offshore of Virginia, the Obama administration AND Senator Webb have both promoted this to an extent which makes liberals like me very uncomfortable, so please identify what Allen would do that's so different and "job creating"? As for smaller government, last time I checked Allen was in favor of the anti-woment legislation in the General Assembly, the demand for a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound for women wanting an abortion, and limits on the availability of contraceptives.
Jessie Biele June 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Hi everyone, We really appreciate you taking the time to comment on this story, but please keep your comments on-topic and civil. Jessie Biele, Local Editor.
Mary S. June 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/macaca As a kid, growing up in a portuguese speaking family, this is what we called Monkeys. I am sure the word nor the meaning has changed.

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