Kaine For Senate? Speculation is already ramping up in Virginia about the 2012 Senate race and, from several phone calls, there appears to be growing buzz on both sides of the aisle that Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) will not seek re-election. Webb himself told RealClearPolitics this week that he’s “still sorting out” whether he’ll run again.
If Webb does step aside, the Democratic bench in Virginia is awfully thin. Democratic National Committee Chair and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is virtually the only Democrat with a statewide profile, with ousted Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) as a possible sleeper candidate to watch if Webb steps down.
On the Republican side, there is near-unanimous assumption in Republican circles that Sen. George Allen (R) will run for his former seat and he will be the frontrunner for the nomination.