A Democratic takeover of the Senate is appearing likely after an ongoing canvass of votes in Virginia produced no significant changes in the outcome of the hard-fought race led by Democratic challenger Jim Webb, sources told CNN Wednesday.
Wednesday night, with Webb leading Republican Sen. George Allen by about 7,200 votes and the canvass about half complete, The Associated Press declared Webb the winner.
CNN does not declare a winner when race results are less than 1 percent and the potential loser may request a recount vote.
A source close to Allen also told CNN that the senator "has no intention of dragging this out."
The good news just keeps rolling in. I have to visit some right-wing blogs to see how the crying is going. I just saw the news alert on CBS that Webb is being declared the winner. Hopefully Allen won't drag this out to the bitter end...after all, Republicans don't believe in recounts, right? (end snark...)
I was hoping for modest gains and MAYBE control of the House in this election. But we got both chambers of Congess and sent a few major messages to Bush:
-No more rubber stamp from Congress. You have to actually WORK WITH Democrats and actually try to be the "uniter" you claimed to be.
-The direction of the war must, MUST change. Your position hasn't worked, you made a mistake, and Rumsfeld's resignation was a good step towards fixing it.
-The religious right does not speak for America.
-That stuff you tried to squeak by when the GOP had control...like the disaster you called "Social Security reform" and further tax cuts for the rich folks...it's dead on arrival. It's time to stop helping out your rich buddies and the record-profit-making big oil companies and start thinking about us average Americans.
Enjoy lame duck status. And get used to the words "bipartisan" and "reaching across the aisle".
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