Former Sen. George Allen has arrived at the Shad Planking with a long trail of supporters following him.
Allen is the only speaker this year after event organizers said they didn't hear from his likely opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine, by February's deadline. Kaine's campaign has claimed they were never aware of any deadlines to respond.
E.W. Jackson, who is running for Senate in the Republican primary, said it was "unfortunate" event organizers only allowed one speaker.
"We did ask if we could speak," Jackson said. Jackson said he'd spent the day talking with voters and was hopeful he could gain traction before the race was over.