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Elected officials vying for the congressional seat are Mr. Bartlett, Mrs. Afzali, state Sen. David R. Brinkley, Frederick Republican, and state Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola, Montgomery Democrat.

Congressional hopefuls have until Wednesday to file as candidates with the Federal Election Commission.

David Hill

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Allen raises $1 million for fourth quarter

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen raised more than $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will report more than $4.5 million raised and $2 million cash on hand heading into 2012, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Mr. Allen, the party’s front-runner in the contest to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, slightly boosted his cash on hand from $1.8 million at the end of the third quarter. During that quarter, he raised roughly $900,000.

Tim Kaine, the top Democratic candidate, has $2.55 million on hand going into the last quarter, though he started his campaign about three months after Mr. Allen.

Numbers for the most recent reporting period for Mr. Kaine weren’t available, a spokeswoman said.

Analysts predict the race, one of about a dozen that will determine which party controls the Senate next year, could be among the most expensive in history.

Mr. Allen is far outpacing his Republican rivals in fundraising. Tea party leader Jamie Radtke reported $43,163 in cash on hand and more than $85,000 in debt at the end of the third quarter, Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson had $6,758, and Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick reported $194,124 in cash on hand, but $255,000 in debt.

— David Sherfinski

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Elections board receives Thomas resignation letter

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