Thursday, November 09, 2006

Allen Concedes - Democrats Control Senate 51-49

Flanked by his wife and, I'm certain, a bank of Republican lawyers lamenting getting no chance whatsoever to steal the election, George Felix Allen conceded defeat to Democrat Jim Webb on Thursday and cemented a new Democratic majority in the United States Senate.

Webb defeated Allen in Tuesday's Virginia Senatorial election by a little over 7,000 votes and, after the GOP's Conrad Burns conceded earlier today to Jon Tester in Montana, Democrats will open the 110th Congress in January with a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

Democrats Sherrod Brown, Claire McCaskill, Sheldon Whitehouse and Bob Casey also took Senate seats from Republican incumbents on Tuesday in Ohio, Missouri, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, respectively.

In a short statement before supporters and after being introduced by fellow Virginia Senator John Warner, Allen said that he knew that demanding a recount would be expensive, would drag on until the end of the year and would very likely not change the result of the election.

It was a nice little speech that was even devoid of a single racial slur and, from the limited video we could see, no constituents were mugged in the making of his statement.

Senator-elect Jim Webb is scheduled to make a statement at 4:15 p.m. (EST).

And, with that, we bid adieu to George Felix Allen.