The contentious contest to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate comes to the capital Monday night, as former governors George Allen and Timothy M. Kaine meet in Richmond for the penultimate debate of the race.
Kaine (D) and Allen (R) are locked in one of the closest and most closely-watched battles of the country, though the last several polls have suggested the Democrat has opened a single-digit lead over his foe. The two men debated once during primary season — a December matchup in Richmond — and have squared off twice during the general election, once in July in Hot Springs and again last month in McLean.
Monday’s meeting, dubbed “The People’s Debate,” is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and AARP, will begin at 8 p.m.at WCVE studios. The moderator will be retired Virginia Commonwealth University political science professor Bob Holsworth, and the four panelists will be WTVR-TV anchor Stephanie Rochon, WCVE-FM general manager Bill Miller, League of Women Voters of Virginia president Lynn Gordon and AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio.