November 8, 2006
After months of campaigning and hours of waiting last night, there is still no official winner in race for Virginia's Senate seat. And now despite being down nearly 7,000 votes, the Allen campaign is promising to have every last vote count.
"Senator Allen and all Virginians treasure our representative democracy and appreciate the Commonwealth's laws that protect the integrity of the electoral process. We look forward to its completion," said Allen Adviser Ed Gillespie.
It's a completion that could take weeks of legal wrangling. At a news conference in Richmond today, Gillespie said the campaign is in it for the long haul. He hopes the process will eventually determine the true winner.
"I think it is very important that we respect the voters of Virginia and count their votes accurately and count them all. We should respect the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia," he said.
Gillespie says Senator Allen is in good spirits and he knows a tough road lies ahead. However, it is a tough campaign that the Republicans say they always expected.
"We knew that this was going to be a close contest and this is reflective of how closely divided the Commonwealth of Virginia is. We have been seeing it for some time," said Gillespie.
Allen did not make any public appearances today. His camp says they are not sure when the Senator will address the citizens of the Commonwealth.