"My event was off the charts," said Mr. Lingamfelter, who described Mr. Allen as a personal friend. "We had 145 people show up in the middle of a driving rain at a VFW post. You can't get 145 people to a governor's event, let alone a delegate's race. Let's face it, George Allen is really hitting all the major themes to conservatives who want constitutional principles at work [and] want less government, more freedom and more opportunity. As he's articulating those views, he's getting the electorate very excited."