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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Kaine campaigns to keep state Senate in Democratic hands

This post has been updated.

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine is spending time in the next couple months campaigning for Democrats in November’s election as his party tries to hold onto the state Senate, which Kaine helped put in Democratic control during his term as governor.

Over the weekend, Kaine joined Del. Scott Surovell and Sen. Toddy Puller for a canvas kickoff. Puller is seeking re-election in the face of two
Former Virginia governor Timothy M. Kaine (D). (Steve Helber - AP)
Republican challengers — Jeffrey M. Frederick, ousted leader of the Republican Party of Virginia and a former delegate, and Tito Munoz — better known as “Tito the Builder” — the owner of a small construction business who made a name for himself when he appeared onstage with Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign.

He also held a fundraiser for Alfonso Lopez, who was Kaine’s director of the Virginia Liaison Office. Lopez faces fellow Democrat Stephanie Clifford, director of special events at the Podesta Group, in the solidly Democratic 49th District, in Arlington and Fairfax.

Kaine has already done events for Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax), Del. Jennifer McClellan (Richmond), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax), Del. Algie Howell (Norfolk), Del Ken Plum (Fairfax) and Del. Joe Morrissey (Richmond).

He will do events for Sen. John Miller (Newport News), Sen. George Barker (Fairfax), Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (Franklin), Sen. Mamie Locke (Hampton), House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (Henry) and Eric Clingan, who is challenging Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Fairfax).

The events are a mixture of fundraisers, campaign kick-offs and office openings. 

“Gov. Kaine is committed to supporting candidates who share his vision for Virginia in this fall’s elections,’’ Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said.

Kaine’s most prominent Republican opponent, former governor and senator George Allen, is also doing events for candidates, but when we asked for a list of events, his campaign did not provide one.

Allen held a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Stanley at his Martinsville headquarters earlier this month. He also had a campaign office opening for Del. Bill Carrico, who is running for Senate, and Israel O’Quinn, who is running for the House.

UPDATED, 2 p.m.: Allen's campaign sent us a list of events he has done for other legislative candidates. Candidates include Del. Ron Villanueva (Virginia Beach); Del. Scott Lingamfelter (Woodbridge); Del. Greg Habeeb (Salem); Del. Chris Stolle (Virginia Beach); Del. Barbara Comstock (McLean); Sen. Mark Obenshain (Harrisonburg); Bryce Reeves, who is running againt Sen. Ed Houck (D-Spotsylvania); Ben Loyola, who is running against Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk); Patrick Forrest, who is running against Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax); Adam Light, who is running against Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell); Cleveland Anderson, who is running against Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William). Rick Morris, who is running against Del. Bill Barlow (D-Smithfield) and Munoz. Allen's wife, Susan, has also done events for candidates.

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