In Virginia, rivals for Senate talk up cooperation

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Posted: Sep 19, 2012 1:04 PM
In Virginia, rivals for Senate talk up cooperation

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia is the decider this election.

The genuine swing state holds an outsized role in determining the presidency and control of the Senate. It is one of roughly a dozen battleground states that could tip the election to either President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney.

It also is one of about a dozen Senate races that could decide who's in charge on Capitol Hill in January.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen — two former governors — are locked in a close race for the Senate. In talking to voters, both stress their ability to reach across the political divide to get something done.

Democrats currently hold a slight advantage in the Senate, 51-47, plus two independents who caucus with Democrats.