Two former Virginia Governors, two of the state's best-known politicians, are now on a collision course toward the November election.
George Allen's victory over three Republican rivals in Tuesday's primary, cleared the way for the contest with Democrat Tim Kaine.
"Virginians are fed up and they're ready for an American comeback," Allen told supporters Tuesday night.
While George Allen celebrated a convincing victory, Tim Kaine was rallying his Democratic supporters "We have a very different view of what the right future is for the nation," Kaine said in an interview with Richmond television station WTVR.
Another indication of the accelerating campaign is a new ad from the group American Crossroads that highlights Kaine's ties to President Barack Obama, a commercial the Kaine campaign dismisses as "another false attack ad by Karl Rove."
"Really no one can see getting elected President without carrying Virginia, so I hope Governor Romney and Ann Romney spend a lot of time in Virginia," Allen said Tuesday.
Kaine is confident President Obama will win re-election. In a satellite interview provided by the Kaine campaign , the candidate told WDBJ7's Seth Kovar, Virginians want a senator who can reach across the aisle.
"I have that track record of bringing people together," Kaine said, "and George has a different track record, vowing to be an obstructionist for the President, vowing to fight against the other party."
The conflicts will continue. Kaine says he has accepted invitations for eight broadcast debates, starting in August.