Field widens in Va. Senate race

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Four candidates are likely vying for the votes of those who won’t be casting their ballot for front-runner George Allen in the U.S. Senate GOP primary.

Timothy E. Donner, founder of a Northern Virginia television company, is the most recent candidate to throw his hat into the ring.

A member of the libertarian-leaning Virginia Institute for Public Policy, he describes himself as very conservative and closely in line philosophically with the tea party.

Mr. Donner joins Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke, Chesapeake minister Earl W. Jackson Sr. and Hampton Roads attorney David McCormick to compete for what has been described as the anti-George Allen vote.

Analysts have said Mr. Allen benefits as more primary opponents enter the race because they’re likely to split the votes of those who weren’t going to support the former governor.

While Ms. Radtke and Mr. Jackson also consider themselves tea-party candidates, Mr. Donner said he is the only entreprenuer in the race. Twenty-five years ago he founded Horizons Television Inc., a small production company in Great Falls.

“I’m the only one in the race who is a true entreprenuer,” Mr. Donner said. “It’s a matter of which of the candidates have the independence and stature to advocate for the reforms that will stick.”

With four candidates on the GOP side, the Democratic side has two official candidates and one potential candidate. Reston resident Julien Modica will face former Governor Timothy Kaine, while Fairfax consultant and ex-Marine Courtney Lynch has said she is considering a bid.

An eighth candidate—Fairfax resident Robert Lee—is running as an independent.

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