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After losing his Senate seat in 2006, George Allen opened his own consulting firm with one of the country's largest coal producers as a client. Now running for the Senate again, he is being scrutinized about his ties to the industry. (The Washington Times)

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Mark Neumann, a former congressman from Wisconsin's 1st District, lost the gubernatorial nomination last year, but he enjoys solid name recognition and the personal wealth to finance a Senate campaign. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks at The Hall at Senate's End, during a stop in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, on her bus tour of the Palmetto State. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican and presidential candidate, speaks Aug. 18, 2011, at the Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C., during her bus tour of the state. (Associated Press)

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In this Aug. 1, 2011 photo, Brian Reilly, a worker at the schoolhouse where the modern Republican Party was founded in Ripon, Wis., talks about why he will support the Democratic candidate in one of six state Senate recall elections. Reilly said he's previously voted for Republican incumbent Sen. Luther Olsen, who ran twice unopposed, but was disgusted with how Republicans in control of the Senate pushed through Gov. Scott Walker's bill taking away most public employees' collective bargaining rights earlier this year. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling legislation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama walks out Aug. 2, 2011, to deliver a statement at the White House following the Senate's passing of the debt ceiling agreement. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan. (The Washington Times)

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From left, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., leaves the Senate floor after they passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., along with GOP leadership, speaks to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to the media on Capitol Hill after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan on Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, speak to the media on Capitol Hill after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan on Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the Senate majority leader.

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LOGJAM LIFTED?: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, is all smiles as he walks to the Senate floor Sunday to announce that a deal has been reached on the debt ceiling. It must still pass both houses of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, gives a thumbs up when asked about a deal an the debt ceiling as he heads to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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From left: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, head July 31, 2011, to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill to vote on the debt-limit solution crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)