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Controversial E.W. Jackson Announces Lt. Governor Candidacy.

E.W. Jackson
E.W. Jackson

While E.W. Jackson lost his bid for the U.S. Senate Republican nomination in Virginia to George Allen, he developed a very loyal following on the campaign trail. He refused to attack his opponents, but offered an inspiring and motivating campaign message that made him a favorite among conservative activists.

After the Senate race, many urged him to run for Lt. Governor. Jackson said that he was seriously considering it, but would not make a decision until after the November 6 election.

He was a first time candidate when he sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He has now decided that he will become a candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia, and make his official announcement next week. Because of his run for U.S. Senate, Jackson will start out as the only candidate in the Lt. Governor race who already has a statewide following.

”This is no time to withdraw,” Jackson said. “Constitutional conservatism is right for Virginia and right for all Americans, whether white, black, Hispanic, Filipino, Asian, Native American, male or female.

“I intend to take my message to every Virginian, regardless of background. We all share the vision of ‘one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.’ And we must all come together for the good of our Commonwealth and our country.”



Virginia Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Tim Kaine’s victory.

Go ahead and celebrate, Sen.-elect Tim Kaine.

Go ahead and celebrate, Sen.-elect Tim Kaine. Photo: AP Photo/Matt RourkeSEE ALL 74 PHOTOS

The former DNC chairman beats back the GOP candidate most famous for coining the unfortunate term “macaca”

Democrat Tim Kaine has defeated Republican challenger George Allen in the closely-watched Virginia Senate race. Allen has reportedly already conceded.

Kaine, who is both a former Virginia governor and a former head of the Democratic National Committee, ran on a record of bipartisan accomplishments and a commitment to protecting Medicare and Social Security. Meanwhile, this is the second consecutive senatorial defeat for George Allen, who had been widely projected to wallop Democrat Jim Webb in 2006 — until his campaign was derailed by controversy over his use of the word “macaca” to describe an Indian-American staffer on the Webb campaign. Webb is retiring after a single term, and this year’s Virginia Senate race has been under particularly close scrutiny because many analysts believe Republicans needed a victory in Virginia to gain a majority in the Senate. It now looks like the GOP will fall well short of that goal

Here, early reactions to Kaine’s victory:

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball says that even the press is surprised:

CBS calls VA for Tim Kaine. “Wow” overheard in the Boston press file.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is pleased:

Huge congrats to Virginia’s next Senator, Tim Kaine. Looking forward to working with him to reform the filibuster!

Slate‘s Dave Weigel thinks Allen should quit while he’s behind:

Okay, George Allen. Time for a new career. RT@TIMEPolitics: CBS News projects Tim Kaine the winner of Virginia senate race.

Grantland‘s Bill Barnwell says Kaine’s victory is also good news for stats guru Nate Silver:

With CBS calling Virginia for Tim Kaine, @fivethirtyeight is 10-0 by my count on Senate races.


Four primary races set in fight for Senate control.

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(Reuters) – Virginia Republican George Allen easily won his primary race on Tuesday in the first step of his bid to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat he narrowly lost in 2006, as voters in four states set the stage for hotly contested battles that could shift control of the Senate.

Allen, also a former Virginia governor, lost by barely 9,000 votes in 2006 to Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring at the end of his term next year. In the November 6 elections, Allen will face another ex-governor, Tim Kaine, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Republicans need a net gain of four seats in November to take control of the U.S. Senate.

Besides Virginia, voters in Maine, North Dakota and Nevada were picking Senate candidates in contested primaries on Tuesday.

Allen, once a rising star on the national political stage who stumbled in his 2006 re-election bid on the issue of race, took 65 percent of the vote. Jamie Radtke, the strongest of his three rivals, trailed with just over 23 percent.

Allen and Kaine both enjoy significant fundraising capability, well-established campaign networks and national prominence. Allen weighed a presidential run four years ago. Kaine was an early backer of President Barack Obama and later served as Democratic National Committee chairman.

Virginia is considered a tossup in the 2012 presidential election, ensuring the Allen-Kaine campaign will carry added significance.

In Maine, voters were picking candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Olympia Snowe, who is retiring.


Cynthia Dill, a civil rights lawyer and state senator, won the Democratic nomination. With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Charles Summers, Maine’s secretary of state and a former Snowe aide, had a 6-point lead over his nearest challenger.

Both Dill and her Republican rival, however, will face an uphill task running against early favorite Angus King, a popular former two-term governor and independent.

In the Republican primary for North Dakota’s open Senate seat, the state’s lone U.S. representative, Rick Berg, was leading Duane Sand by 67 percent to 33 percent with nearly 47 percent of precincts reporting. The victor will face Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, who was unopposed in her party’s primary.

Veteran Democratic Senator Kent Conrad has opted not to seek re-election in North Dakota, which leans heavily Republican in its legislature and has a Republican governor.

In Nevada, seven-term U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley faces little serious competition in her race to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Senator Dean Heller, who was appointed last year after John Ensign resigned in disgrace following a sex scandal.

Heller, like Berkley, was expected to easily win his party’s nomination, setting up a general election race that will help decide whether the Nevada’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Harry Reid, remains majority leader.

But the most hotly contested Nevada primary on Tuesday was for the newly created, Democratic-leaning 4th Congressional District, where three candidates were in a close race for the Republican nomination to run against the likely Democratic nominee, state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford.

Businessman Danny Tarkanian had strong support from the Tea Party movement and the most name recognition in the Republican field as the son of former University of Nevada, Las Vegas, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. But he faced a tough race against state Senator Barbara Cegavske and businessman Dan Schwartz.

There was controversy in South Carolina, which did not have a U.S. Senate seat to contest in its primary on Tuesday, after the state Supreme Court removed more than 200 contenders for other offices from the ballot on grounds that they had improperly filed paperwork for their candidacies.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, known for shouting “You lie!” during President Barack Obama’s 2009 State of the Union address to Congress, won the Republican primary and is running unopposed for re-election in November.

In another closely watched race, nine Republicans and four Democrats were seeking their parties’ respective nominations for newly established 7th congressional seat in South Carolina.

(Additional reporting by Ros Krasny, John Crawley, Steve Gorman and Harriet McLeod; writing by David Bailey; editing by Mohammad Zargham)


ReutersBy David Bailey | Reuters 

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