For the record and as predicted, Senator George Allen has received a slight post debate bounce in the polls, over his democratic challenger Jim Webb.  According to a recent poll by SurveyUSA Mr. Allen now holds a 5 point lead:

In an election for the United States Senate in Virginia today, 9/27/06, incumbent Republican George Allen maintains a slight 49% to 44% advantage over Democrat challenger James Webb.

This recent poll also increases Allen’s September poll average up to 5.3%, as reported by Real Clear Politics. What’s amazing in this poll isn’t that Allen is ahead, but that he is ahead given the borage of negative press he’s seen lately.  The waters in this race were bloodied early with Allen’s “macaca” comment.  Then Allen was asked, and responded angrily, to a question from a reporter as to whether his family was Jewish.  The most recent controversy has arisen over whether he used racial slurs as a student at the University of Virginia. This controversy gained momentum when noted political scientist Larry Sabato, backed up the racial slur story saying Allen did use the racial slur.

Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, would not tell The Associated Press how he knew Allen used the n-word. He told Chris Matthews on MSNBC that he did not know whether it was true that Allen used the word frequently while in college. 

“I’m simply going to stay with what I know is the case and the fact is he did use the n-word, whether he’s denying it or not,” Sabato said.

This should never have become a competitive race. Virginia is a strong red state, although it has been trending democratic in recent years.  Many pundits are now calling this race a toss up.  I’ll go on a limb here and predict that come Election Day Allen will continue to be the junior senator from Virginia.  He bears much of the blame for allowing this race to become competitive, and his chances of becoming the 2008 presidential nominee have been irreparably harmed by all these scandals.

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