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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called for Republicans to unite behind George Allen on Wednesday, one day after the former governor clinched the GOP nomination for Senate.
Cuccinelli remained conspicuously neutral during the primary, even as Gov. Robert McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and most other prominent Virginia Republicans eventually fell in behind Allen. But now Cuccinelli has changed his tune.
“George Allen’s record towers above Tim Kaine’s, and I’m proud to stand with George because I know he has the leadership and experience our Commonwealth needs in the U.S. Senate,” Cuccinelli said in a statement issued by the Allen campaign. “It’s time for all Virginians to stand behind George Allen for victory in November.”
The man who came in last in Tuesday’s primary, Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, also rallied to Allen Wednesday. “As I promised during the primary campaign, he has my full support,” Jackson announced.
Allen took 66 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial results, while former Virginia Tea Party Patriots head Jamie Radtke got 23 percent, Del. Robert Marshall (Prince William) took 7 percent and Jackson got 5 percent. All three opponents criticized Allen during the primary, though Radtke was the most aggressive.
In a Facebook message posted soon after Cuccinelli and Jackson’s announcements Radtke said: “Last night and today are about the thousands of people who fought the fight on spending, civil liberties, and constitutional adherence. I am truly humbled by your well wishes and encouragement, but today is not about me, it is about what you all accomplished! In the days to come, we will talk about the next steps.”
Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine, meanwhile, said Cuccinelli “may have changed his mind, but Virginians living under the skyrocketing debt and failed economic policies championed by George Allen haven't.”
Neither Radtke’s nor Marshall’s campaign had responded to a request for comment as of this posting.