Former Virginia Senator George Allen won the Virginia Republican Senate primary Tuesday night and will face former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine in a November contest to fill retiring Senator James Webb's (D-Va.) seat.
Allen won 65 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported, according to the New York Times.
He defeated a group of opponents who, combined, sound like the setup for an off-color joke: a state legislator, a tea party leader and a minister, the Times reported.
Allen himself courted ridicule after he shouted what many considered a racial insult at one of his opponent's staffers during his 2006 Senate reelection campaign. The incident was initially posted on YouTube and soon went viral. It cost him his re-election bid and any hope for winning the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, for which many thought he was a contender.
In the incident, Allen called the staffer, an Indian-American man who was videotaping one of Allen's campaign appearances, a Macaca, which means monkey in numerous languages, the Washington Post reported.
Allen and Kaine are polling neck and neck, the Post reported, in what will likely shape up to be a close race.
Webb, the Democratic Senator who is vacating the seat, joins at least two other moderate Senators who are stepping down, the Times said, including Olympia Snowe (R.-Maine) and Kent Conrad (R.-North Dakota), in a possible trend of moderates giving way to fierce partisans in the once-staid Senate.