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Allen of Virginia to announce bid for U.S. Senate

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 23, 2011; 11:12 PM

RICHMOND - Former senator George Allen (R) will officially announce Monday that he is running to reclaim his old job next year.

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Allen, who has also served as Virginia's governor, will announce his bid to supporters through an e-mail and an online video before filing candidacy papers so that he can begin raising money, according to sources close to Allen who were not authorized to speak publicly about his plans. But he will not launch his campaign publicly until later this year, probably Thomas Jefferson's birthday - April 13 - the formal start of his past two U.S. Senate races.

On Sunday, the home page of his Web site simply read: "Stay Tuned."

Allen spokesman Tim Nussbaum did not respond to messages Sunday.

Allen's candidacy would thrust him into a tough primary fight for the Republican nomination against several possible candidates running to the right of him and into a possible rematch with Sen. James Webb (D) if Webb decides to run.

Last month, Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, became the first Republican to jump in the race. Others interested in running include: Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors; Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William; and Bert Mizusawa, a businessman and lawyer who ran against U.S. Rep. Scott E. Rigell in the 2010 primary.

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