The 2012 United States Senate election in Virginia took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a second term. Former Governor of Virginia Tim Kaine was unopposed for the Democratic nomination and the Republican party nominated former Senator and Governor George Allen through a primary on June 12, 2012. Kaine won the open seat.
In Virginia, parties have the option of whether to hold a primary or to nominate their candidate through a party convention. In November 2010, the Virginia GOP announced that it had chosen to hold a primary.
- George Allen, former U.S. Senator and former Governor of Virginia
- E. W. Jackson, minister and social conservative leader
- Bob Marshall, member of the Virginia House of Delegates
- Jamie Radtke, conservative activist
- Tim Donner, founder of Horizons Television
- David McCormick, attorney
- Liz Cheney, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
- Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General
- Tom Davis, former U.S. Representative
- Corey Stewart, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman
Three debates between Republican candidates were announced before the primary on June 12, 2012. The debates took place in Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Hampton Roads.
- George Allen (Republican), former U.S. Senator and former Governor of Virginia
- Tim Kaine (Democrat), former Governor of Virginia and former Democratic National Committee chairman
Only Allen and Kaine qualified for the ballot.
David Gregory moderated a debate between Kaine and Allen on September 20, 2012. Topics included partisan gridlock in Washington policy making, job creation, tax policy, and Middle East unrest.
- External links
- Complete video of debate at C-SPAN, first debate, September 20, 2012
- Complete video of debate, C-SPAN, second debate, October 8, 2012
- Complete video of debate, C-SPAN, third debate, October 18, 2012
Once incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Webb decided to retire, many Democratic candidates were speculated. These included U.S. Congressmen Rick Boucher, Gerry Connolly, Glenn Nye, Tom Perriello and Bobby Scott. However, they all declined and encouraged Kaine to run for the seat, believing he would be by far the most electable candidate. Courtney Lynch, former Marine Corps Officer and Fairfax business consultant and Julien Modica, former CEO of the Brain Trauma Recovery & Policy Institute, eventually withdrew from the election, allowing Kaine to be unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In early October 2012, Crossroads GPS announced it would launch a $16 million advertising buy in national races, of which four were this and three other Senate elections.
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- United States Senate elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2012
- Virginia State Board of Elections
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Outside spending at Sunlight Foundation
- Candidate issue positions at On the Issues
- Official campaign websites
- George Allen for U.S. Senate
- Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate