George Allen polls 67 percent favorability among Virginia GOP primary voters in his bid to regain the Senate seat he lost six years ago. None of Allen’s potential challengers polled out of the single digits in a survey of 400 Republican primary voters.
Allen also polled well against a generic, more conservative candidate. When asked whether they would prefer a more conservative candidate or Allen, 52 percent chose the former governor and just 25 percent chose someone more conservative, according to the Public Policy Polling survey.
Allen had a 68 percent approval rating in the poll conducted Feb. 24 through 27, and 69 percent thought his views are “about right.” Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam said the threat to Allen from the right “has been pretty overblown. He’s a lot more immune to that than most establishment Republican politicians are.”
A recent PPP poll showed Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, losing to her generic “more conservative challenger.” Allen’s only announced challengers, tea party leader Jamie Radtke and attorney David McCormick, won the support of 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., who defeated Allen in 2006, has decided not to run for re-election.
In the Virginia presidential sweepstakes, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the potential field with 20 percent, followed by former governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin each with 16 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 14 percent; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, at 8 percent; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 7 percent; and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, each at 4 percent.
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