In Va. Senate race, Obama emerging as key figure - Article Photos 1/1

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, and former Sen. George Allen greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol Senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress next year is President Barack Obama even though both two candidates for the seat are former governors well known to voters. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)