The Washington Times - November 12, 2011, 01:02PM

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made it official on Friday, endorsing former Virginia governor and Sen. George Allen’s 2012 U.S. Senate bid.

“I am honored to endorse my good friend George Allen in his campaign for the United States Senate,” Mr. McDonnell said in a statement. “George is a visionary leader and a committed, principled conservative with a record of results.”

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Mr. McDonnell said that he and wife, Maureen, looked forward to joining Mr. Allen and his wife, Susan, on the campaign trail in the coming months.

Mr. Allen faces a crowded GOP primary field for the nomination, which includes Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke, Hampton Roads attorney David McCormick, businessman Tim Donner, and Bishop E.W. Jackson. However, with high name recognition and a substantial fundraising advantage, he is the prohibitive favorite to take on the Democrats’ likely nominee — also a former Virginia governor — Tim Kaine.

Mr. Allen said in a statement that he was “truly honored” to have the support of Mr. McDonnell, who he described as “a trusted, proven leader and longtime friend and teammate in achieving significant reforms for more job opportunities for families in Virginia.”

“Governor McDonnell and I share the same pro-growth philosophy and strong Virginia values, and I am proud to have him as a leading member on our positive A-Team,” he said.