PPP's most recent pollingÂ has found that both politicians have solid personal ratings, with no overwhelming advantages either way: 50%-37% approval for Webb, and a 43%-38% favorable rating for Allen.
Webb won the 2006 election by less than half a percentage point, toppling a once-invulnerable incumbent in a Democratic wave. The campaign is best remembered for Allen having called Webb's campaign tracker "macaca," which was widely interpreted as being an obscure racial epithet, a gaffe that started Allen down the road to defeat.
PPP concludes: "A 2012 rematch would most likely be the most closely watched race in the country other than Barack Obama's quest for reelection, and it seems a pretty good bet the ultimate winner would be whoever's party won the Presidential race in the state. It would certainly be fun to watch."