The Democrats take over of the Congress looks to be completed.
In the Virginia US Senate race, Republican incumbent George Allen appears to have been ousted by Democratic challenger Jim Webb.
Allen's campaign issued a statement noting that state officials are conducting a canvass of the votes cast in Tuesday's balloting.
"At the conclusion of those efforts, Senator George Allen plans to make a statement regarding the outcome," it said.
As of this post, Webb has approximately a 7,200 vote advantage, which is a 0.30% margin. The law states that a recount can be called for by the runner-up (in this case, Allen) if the deficit is less than 1%.
However, with a 7,200 vote margin, it is highly unlikely that a recount would yield a dramatically different result. Here’s hoping Allen concedes the race so we don’t have to endure another Florida 2000.
By the way, where are all of the folks who were screaming “disenfranchisement” in 2004 when President Bush had a 130,000 vote victory over John Kerry in Ohio?
I can’t help but notice the stark contrast in styles between the parties. The Democrats lost in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and all we heard was “Voter fraud!!” or “Our message didn’t quite get out.” But when the Republicans were defeated in ‘06, they actually took a look in the mirror and determined “Maybe running to the center is a flawed strategy.”
Commence 2008 campaign!!
UPDATE: Allen concedes!
Side note: This is the 200th post in the first two years of this blog! While it took me 18 months to compile the first 100 posts it has taken only 7 months to accumulate the second hundred.
However, I still have a ways to go before I get into the league of 100 comprehensive posts within two weeks, a la Captain Ed.