This story has been updated.
As he enters the final stretch before Tuesday’s GOP primary, U.S. Senate hopeful George Allen has released his first radio ad.
The ad touts Allen’s accomplishments as governor and senator and criticizes rival Tim Kaine, a former governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
“Tuesday June 12th we can send a message to President Obama and his liberal hand-picked party chairman, Tim Kaine,’’ the narrator says.
Allen is the heavy favorite in a four-way primary race against Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, Del. Robert Marshall (Prince William) and former Virginia Tea Party Patriots head Jamie Radtke. His campaign is also trying to get voters to the polls with emails, c alls and letters.
Allen launched a two-week tour of Virginia last week. He is appearing with many of the state’s top Republicans, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine responded in a statement: "The last thing Virginians need is six more years of George Allen's economic policies that took us from record surplus to massive deficits and helped create our current economic mess. As both governor and senator, George Allen significantly grew spending and, instead of balancing our federal budget, he racked up $3 trillion in debt. The only candidate in this race to leave Virginia with a smaller general fund budget than the one he inherited is Tim Kaine.”