One-term incumbent Democrat Jim Webb was elected in 2006 by a margin of 0.6%, narrowly defeating then-incumbent George Allen in the biggest upset of the 2006 elections. Announcing that he did not want to spend his life in politics, Webb said he will not run for re-election. On the Democratic Side, former Governor of Virginia and DNC chairman Tim Kaine was unopposed for the nomination.
The Republican Party of Virginia decided that its nominee would be determined through a primary, as opposed to a state convention which had been used in more recent years. On January 24, 2011, George Allen announced that he would seek the Republican nomination. Jamie Radtke, head of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, filed papers to run for the Republican nomination. Also considering a run for the Republican nomination were state Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Manassas) and Corey Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Marshall ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008, narrowly losing the Republican nomination at the state convention to former Governor Jim Gilmore by only 69 votes.
Kaine won the race to Succeed Jim Webb in the November 6, 2012 general election, capturing 52.9% of the vote to Allens 47.0%. Kaine will take office when Webbs current term expires on January 3, 2013,
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 George Allen through a primary on June 12, 2012. Kaine won the open seat.
Before: 2 independents (VT, CT) caucused with the Democrats
After: 2 independents (VT, ME) caucus with the Democrats.
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