Radtke and Allen expected to participate in debates

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Before Tim Kaine and George Allen can face off against each other in the race for U.S. Senate, both must win a primary in their respective parties.

Friday, the Republican party announced plans to hold three debates — with all of the candidates that become certified for the June primary ballot.

Allen has collected the necessary signatures, as has Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke.

Radtke — who has trailed Allen in most polls — told us in July that a debate with Allen could make the race more competitive.

"The true game changer would be a debate between myself and George Allen. This is a primary, it has not been decided who the nominee for the Republican party will be and we would expect George Allen to participate in a debate," said Jamie Radtke.

Allen is expected to participate.

Here are the proposed debates:

Saturday, April 28 in Roanoke
Friday, May 11 in Hampton
Friday, May 25 in Northern Virginia

There are no debates scheduled for the Richmond area.