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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Kaine unlikely to face Democratic competition for Senate nomination

It looks as if former governor Tim Kaine won’t have a primary contest for the Democratic Senate nomination after all.

Both of his potential Democratic rivals — political newcomers
Tim Kaine (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Courtney Lynch and Julien Modica — have endorsed him in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D).

“We face a crucial election in November, and I am convinced there is no better candidate to serve Virginia in the U.S. Senate than former Governor Tim Kaine,’’ Lynch wrote in a statement sent by the Farm Team Wednesday. “Tim has an honorable record of service to our state, a tireless dedication to improving the lives of Virginia families, and he will bring commonsense solutions to Washington that will put our country on a solid foundation for economic growth.”
Modica also endorsed him in an e-mail to us.

Kaine delivered 30,866 petitions to the State Board of Elections on Monday to secure a spot on the ballot. The Democratic Party of Virginia will verify the signatures. If no other Democrats are certified for the ballot, the Democratic primary will be canceled.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

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