George Allen has conceded to Jim Webb, putting the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress!
As expected, senator-elect Jim Webb is maintaining his lead over George Allen in Virginia:
I find the tone of this opening paragraph very encouraging. The Post says that Webb "claimed the title," not that "he declared victory" or "insisted that he won or "maintains that he won." This is a sign that the Post is edging towards acceptance of Webb's victory. As well they should. Webb got more votes than Allen.
RICHMOND, Nov. 8 -- Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate, James Webb, claimed the title of senator-elect Wednesday and began organizing his congressional staff, while Republican incumbent George Allen declined to concede but was described as "realistic" about the outcome if he seeks a recount challenging Webb's thin lead. [WaPo]
Even so, most of the press is giving Allen a free ride. The media should have called the race for Webb. Media outlets should have clear guidelines for calling races that have not yet been certified. Whoever has the most votes after all the ballots have been counted should be called the winner, regardless of whether there's going to be a recount. Virtually all of Virginia's ballots have been counted and Jim Webb has won.
Props to AP for calling the election for Webb last night.