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George Allen to Try for Senate Comeback?

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Sen. George Allen concedes to Jim Webb. CBS

Former Virginia Sen. George Allen appears to be preparing for an attempt at a 2012 Senate comeback.

The Republican narrowly lost his Senate seat to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006 after a video clip of Allen calling an opposition staffer "Macaca" went viral online.

The incident did not end his political career, however: This year, the former Virginia governor and senator has held nearly 100 public events, including 20 campaign events for Virginia congressional candidates in this month alone, Politico reports. The news outlet also notes that Allen recently met with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn to discuss a potential Senate rematch against Webb.

"He's been telling people privately for a couple weeks that he's in," an unnamed source told Politico. "It definitely seems like he's running."

At a fundraiser for a Virginia state lawmaker last week, Allen addressed the speculation but said he has no solid plans yet, the News Virginian reported.

"I have no timetable. My focus is on helping other candidates," Allen said. He added that he's now focused on bolstering Virginia's Republican congressional delegation.



Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.