From the Washington Post and the pen of Michael D. Shear:
Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) will concede that he has lost the election to Democrat James Webb at a 3 p.m. news conference in Alexandria, according to a source close to the campaign with direct knowledge of the senator's intentions.The Post puts the tallies at 1,172,670 (or 49.6%) to 1,165,436 (49.3%). This is another lesson that every vote counts and that everyone should take it upon themselves to vote.
As of this morning, Allen trails Webb by 7,484 votes after a bruising reelection campaign. Republican sources said Allen had concluded that no amount of recounting would change the outcome, but members of the senator's campaign staff would not publicly confirm his intentions.
A concession would spare the country from a recount that could have left control of the U.S. Senate in limbo for weeks. And it would make official what many have been saying since late Wednesday: that Webb will become Virginia's junior senator, giving Democrats a 51-seat majority and complete control of Congress for the first time in more than a decade.
Did you know that, worldwide, the United States stands 120th in terms of participation during national elections? That's right: 119 countries have better participation than we do. That's just sad.