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Senate Candidates Make Pre-Debate Push Across VA

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The race for U.S. Senate here in the commonwealth is ramping up with about three weeks until Election Day. Both Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen are crossing Virginia to get out the vote.

On Monday, Kaine's campaign landed at the University of Virginia for a last minute voter registration push. Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, visited with volunteers at UVA working to get other students registered to vote before Monday's 5:00 deadline.

Both the Kaine and Allen campaigns are looking ahead to their final debate of the season Thursday night. The two former governors met just last week in Richmond for their second debate in less than a month. They'll hit the stage again this Thursday at Virginia Tech.

Ahead of that, the candidates' wives continue to reach out to voters. Susan Allen visited with voters in Henrico County Monday. 

While meeting with UVA students on Monday Holton says Thursday's final debate will help undecided voters make their decisions before November 6.

"Both of the debates sharply showed the differences between the two candidates, and sharply highlighted Tim's message of bi-partisanship and problem solving," she said.

The latest poll average from Real Clear Politics shows Kaine up 2.2 percentage points over George Allen, with a margin of error of three to four points. Analysts at UVA's Center for Politics say they believe the race is leaning toward Kaine. But neither side is letting up.

Last week, the campaigns spent more money on ads than any other senate race in the entire country - $4.3 million in just seven days.

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