"We're not going to take a position on every bill moving through the General Assembly," said Allen spokesperson Katie Wright when asked about his stance Monday. "When we're on the road people are talking to us about jobs, the economy and gas prices."
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) campaign has hit Allen hard for his support of the "personhood amendment," sending out fundraising emails and holding a conference call with reporters on the issue.
Allen's campaign pointed out that it was Kaine, not Allen, who was focused on the topic. "It's hypocritical that Tim Kaine is saying he's talking about the economy when he was on his conference call pushing this issue last week," Wright said.
Still, Allen has been vocal on some social issues — just not this one. That Kaine continues to push this matter while Allen sees it as a liability no matter what he does. His primary opponent, Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R), is one of the main forces behind the bill, and while Allen is the clear front-runner, he has to make sure not to anger social conservatives in the state.
A recent poll of Viriginia found 55 percent of voters opposing the bill, with 36 percent in support.
The race between Allen and Kaine has been neck-and-neck in nearly every poll so far, and will likely remain so from now until election day.
This post was updated at 8:14 p.m.