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Candidates to Virginians: Take down your yard signs

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Nothing like a natural disaster to bring together two sharply divided politicians on an important issue like the danger of yard signs.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, in a bitter battle for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat, both asked supporters Sunday to take down campaign yard signs before Hurricane Sandy rips them up and hurls them into someone's house or car.

"We're so glad that so many of Tim's supporters have placed yard signs in their lawns - but due to the potential for strong winds in this storm, the last thing we want is for yard signs to become projectiles," Kaine campaign manager Mike Henry wrote in an email.

Allen made a similar, more technical plea to backers.

"Don't forget that yard signs are made of metal frames that can blow around in strong winds, causing dangerous conditions and damage to homes and property," Allen said. "So for safety, bring them inside."

Kaine and Allen advised Virginians how to prepare for the storm, with tips such as stocking up on water and a list of useful websites.

The weather is also impacting Kaine and Allen's travel plans as they look to campaign in the final days before the Nov. 6 election. Kaine held an event Monday morning in Greene County but canceled trips to Culpeper and Fauquier counties. Allen was supposed to campaign with Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney on Sunday, but those plans were scratched when Romney decided to avoid Virginia altogether.

Kaine holds a slight lead in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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