Governor McDonnell to endorse George Allen for Senate

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  We're learning Governor McDonnell will officially endorse Republican George Allen's race for U.S. Senate.

McDonnell will announce his support for Allen in a morning e-mail to both of their political supporters.

This comes as the candidates in the Republican Primary may debate after all. The state GOP party has invited all the candidates to three debates prior to the June primary.

Allen has not said if he will participate.

Tea party leader Jamie Radtke and Conservative businessman Tim Donner both say they will.

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