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Former Sen. George Allen takes on three Republican Senate rivals Saturday in Roanoke in the first of three debates. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the Senate, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delegate Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House. (The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left) chats with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., James City Republican, outside the Senate Republican Caucus room at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday. The governor addressed the caucus before the debate and vote on the budget. The Senate failed to pass the budget. (Associated Press)

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Senate Finance Committee chairman, Sen. Walter Stosch, Henrico Republican, left, and Sen. Charles Colgan, Prince William Democrat, talk prior to a Senate budget briefing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Delegates vote on an extended session late Monday. The extension passed the House but not the Senate. Each body blamed the other for failure to pass a budget. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the Senate, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delegate Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House. (The Washington Times)

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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Prince George's Democrat, admits that raising the state's gas tax "doesn't poll well." (Associated Press)

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, co-wrote the transportation bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday by a 74-22 vote. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, returned to the Senate after an absence of two years. Now, former senator Bob Kerry of Nebraska, with whom Lautenberg served, is attempting a comeback. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, left, and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., James City Republican, right, confer as the Senate met at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Thursday, March 8, 2012. The budget deadlock in the Senate continues. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

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People line up to have their picture taken with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch following the signing of the Civil Marriage Protection Act at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch sign the Civil Marriage Protection Act into law at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch sign the Civil Marriage Protection Act into law at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies Feb. 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the Senate on the State Department's fiscal 2013 budget. (Associated Press)

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Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, right, talks with Democratic leader Sen, Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, during the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, left, and Democratic leader Sen. Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, leave the Senate floor after a vote on the budget at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Maryland State Sens. Nancy C. Jacobs, a Republican representing Cecil and Harford counties, and Allan H. Kittleman, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard counties, chat Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Edward R. Reilly, Anne Arundel County Republican, looks over paperwork Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Bryan W. Simonaire, Anne Arundel County Republican, reads Feb. 23, 2012, from the book "King & King," which at the end shows a drawing of two princes kissing, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act at the State House in Annapolis. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Jamin B. Raskin, Montgomery County Democrat, speaks Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)