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Voters in Virginia are having a difficult time deciding who would make a better U.S. senator -- a former Republican governor or a former Democratic governor. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, the Virginia U.S. Senate race remains too close to call, with Republican George Allen at 44 percent and Democrat Tim Kaine at 42 percent.

That poll has a margin of error of 2.9 and 4.4 percent. Peter Brown -- assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute -- says the candidates have been statistically tied in three previous surveys.

"This race is obviously very close," says Brown. "It's probably going to go down to the finish line.  And what may decide it is how well President Obama does in Virginia because if he has coattails that could help Tim Kaine."

Allen and Kaine both face primary challengers for their partys' nominations.

Also included in the survey was Virginia voters' feelings about the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich bests Mitt Romney 30 to 25 percent amongst Republican voters.

In a head-to-head matchup against President Obama, however, Mitt Romney fares better. He takes 44 percent of overall voters to President Obama's 42 percent, where Gingrich polls at 41 percent to the President's 46 percent.

The result of the primary could be extremely important, as President Obama in 2008 was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Virginia since 1964.

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