All eyes are on Virginia right now as the hotly contested Senate race remains undecided. Yet the Democrat Jim Webb is declaring victory.
Wednesday night, Webb is calling himself Senator elect and making plans to move into the capital office.
Early Wednesday morning around 1:30 AM, Webb addressed a crowd of supporters and declared himself the victor.
“I’d like to say that the votes are in and we won,” said Webb.
Wednesday, Webb made no official comments, but spoke with the media briefly leaving his hotel room during the morning hours. He feels the contest is a done deal despite talk of a recount.
“It's done. Listening to Mark Warner and others it’s done. We just have to go through a formality here,” Webb told reporters.
The votes are still being counted, but as of 7:00PM Webb had a lead of 7,000 votes over Republican Senator George Allen. That amounts to less than one-half of one percent of the more than 2.3 million votes cast.
“The places where they are coming in are good for us. If anything our margin will increase,” said Webb.
Webb supporters say they are open to the canvassing process.
“We're going to have our people at those canvassing results as well and we are 100 percent confident that in the end, Webb will be declared the winner,” said Webb Volunteer Hank Alden.
Webb is equally confident that margin will survive state scrutiny and any legal challenge that Wednesday, he began assembling a transition team and consulting with advisers. Webb plans to take his seat in the Senate in January.
If the Webb victory holds up it will provide the final seat Democrats need to seize control of the Senate.
The numbers are still updating as more ballots are counted. Stay with us for the latest figures.
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