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Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Wealthy businessman drops out of Va. senate race

Timothy E. Donner, a long-shot Republican candidate in the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), announced Wednesday that he had dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination.

Donner, who owns a Great Falls-based media production company and had never run for office, said in a statement that he withdrew because of the “overwhelming support” for former senator George Allen, the Republican front-runner.

“We’ve fought the good fight,” he said.

Donner’s company, Horizons, produces documentaries and educational videos. He is on the board of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, a conservative organization.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last week, the likely matchup between Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine, both former state governors. Allen received 44 percent, while Kaine received 42 percent, according to the poll.

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