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George Allen Kicks Off 'American Comeback' Campaign For Old Senate Seat (VIDEO)

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Allen narrowly lost his 2006 re-election, after he had previously been expected to win easily and then launch a 2008 presidential campaign. The trouble came in August 2006, of course, after he was videotaped by a Webb campaign tracker, who was Indian-American, calling the person "macaca," a type of monkey. This was widely interpreted as being a somewhat obscure racial slur, often used by French colonists in Africa -- which was the background of Allen's mother.

Allen later claimed that he had never heard of the word or this particular meaning before, and that he had made it up. In the end, Webb won the election by a margin of 0.39%, in a very Democratic year, and helping to deliver Democrats their 51-seat majority.

A Public Policy Polling (D) survey from this past November showed Allen leading a large list of potential candidates for the GOP nomination, and Webb leading Allen by 49%-45%. Webb has not made any final decision on whether he will run again.