George Allen leads Tim Kaine in new Virginia Senate poll

Holly Bailey

A new poll suggests George Allen has a significant lead over Tim Kaine ahead of next year's sure-to-be-pivotal Virginia Senate race.

A Roanoke College survey of likely Virginia voters finds the former GOP senator leading the former governor by 13 points—45 percent to 32 percent—just 23 percent still undecided.

The poll was conducted before Kaine announced his intentions to run for Senate earlier this week, though it has been widely believed for weeks that he would run.

Notably, the poll found Kaine leading Allen among self-described political moderates—41 percent to 34 percent—while Allen leads among Independents, 40 percent to 35 percent.

Still, the Washington Post's Jon Cohen suggests the poll's methodology is shady. He notes the poll's sample isn't reflective of Virginia's racial make-up, which—given Allen's history of racial gaffes—is certain to be an issue in the race.

(Photo of Allen and Kaine:  Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)