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Thursday, November 09, 2006

All Eyes Turn to Virginia Senate Race - New York Times

All Eyes Turn to Virginia Senate Race - New York Times: "November 9, 2006
All Eyes Turn to Virginia Senate Race
By JOHN M. BRODER and IAN URBINA

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 8 — Never mind that Senator George Allen of Virginia had not conceded. Jim Webb, his Democratic opponent, claimed victory Wednesday on the strength of a roughly 7,000-vote margin.

And The Associated Press, a widely accepted authority for calling elections, agreed with Mr. Webb, declaring Mr. Allen, a Republican, the loser.

For the first full day after the balloting, Virginia remained the focal point of American politics, with a race whose outcome will determine which party controls the United States Senate. Mr. Allen’s advisers said Wednesday night that he would do nothing until a canvass of ballots was completed. But Democrats — ecstatic at the prospect that they might have swept both houses of Congress — were not waiting.

“It is virtually 100 percent that Webb is going to win the race,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, who is leading the Democratic effort to take back the Senate. “I think you can say without any hesitancy or doubt that Democrats are going to be the majority party in the Senate.”

Mr. Webb began planning his transition, a"

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