Analysis: What The Race Between Allen, Kaine Boils Down To | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Analysis: What The Race Between Allen, Kaine Boils Down To

Play associated audio

Reid Wilson, National Journal Hotline

Republican voters in Virginia selected  George Allen to run against Tim Kaine for the U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, despite challenges from tea party leader Jamie Radtke and others. Meanwhile in Northern Virginia, Retired Col. Chris Perkins won the Republican nomination and will face Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) this fall.

Reid Wilson, editor-in-chief of the National Journal Hotline, talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about Virginia's primary elections.

Jamie Radtke's received 23 percent of the votes Tuesday. What does this mean for the tea party in Virginia? "I think the role of the tea party has been a little overstated over the last few years," says Wilson. "There was really no area in which George Allen was diametrically opposed to the tea party. Plus, with a couple other candidates in the race, there was really never a case for a real anti-Allen campaign to emerge. "

What the race between Allen and Kaine will ultimately come down to: "First of all, the presidential contest; whether or not Mitt Romney and President Obama can really open up a gap on each other ... People are going to be turning out for the presidential race, not necessarily for the Senate contest," says Wilson. "On the other hand it's also going to matter who wins the swing voters who are emerging in the state. These are mostly suburban women, people who voted for Obama in 2008 then turned around a year later and voted for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)."

On which Virginia congressional races to keep an eye on: "The 2nd District [currently held by] Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) is really the most competitive seat in the state right now. Gerry Connolly though, is a congressmen [in the 11th District] who is never going to have an easy race," says Wilson. "Over the long term, I would look to Rep. Frank Wolf's [10th district]. Wolf is not going to be in trouble this year. But if he ever decides to retire or to run for another office, that seat could be pretty competitive in the future."

NPR

A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.
NPR

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
NPR

In New Hampshire, Two Different Tales Of Scott Brown's State Jump

The very close U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire could come down to where Republican challenger Scott Brown is from.
NPR

After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.