Voters not tuned in to Virginia primary

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – There may be a primary election in Virginia on June 12, but voters don’t seem to be paying attention.

George Allen is running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. He faces three challengers including Jamie Radtke, Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson. But most people people think Allen has all but clinched the GOP nomination and will face Democrat Tim Kaine in November.

There are also two Republicans running for the nomination in the 11th Congressional District dominated by Fairfax County and Prince William County — Chris Perkins and Ken Vaughn.

“I’ve seen no signage at all for the congressional race, no advertising, nothing coming in my mailbox, no robo-calls” says George Mason University Political Analyst Mark Rozell, who lives in the 11th District where Democrat Gerry Connolly is the incumbent.

Rozell says voters are tuned in elsewhere.

“The presidential race sucks all the energy out” says Rozell. “Everybody is focusing on the national [election], and that’s understandable.”

It’s the same in the 8th District in the Alexandria area, he says, where Bruce Shuttleworth is challenging incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Moran.

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