November 9, 2006
It was a sad day for Senator Allen. With tears in his eyes, he made a speech in Alexandria Thursday afternoon. He said the people of Virginia have spoken and he respects their decision.
He was flanked on both sides by Senator John Warner and his family when he made that concession speech and with 23 years of service in politics, six of those in the Senate, he said he has always done the best for the people of Virginia. Because he respects the people of Virginia, he said he didn't want this race to drag on any longer.
A short time later, Democrat Jim Webb, in Arlington, gave a victory speech. He said Allen and he will work together and his going to pledge for bipartisanship and to work together for a united Virginia.
Allen said, "The people of Virginia who I always call the owners of the government, they have spoken and I respect their decision. The bible teaches us that there is a time and place for everything, and today I called an congratulated Jim Webb and his team for their victory. They had the prevailing winds."
Webb said, "I did receive a telephone call from George Allen a few hours ago. We had a good discussion. I want to report to you that he was very gracious and that he offered to assist us in this transition period. I thanked him for his many years of service to the people of Virginia and we actually have agreed that we are going to sit down and have lunch next week."
Allen said that it came down to just a quarter of one percent of the vote, well within his legal limits to call for a recount. He said he didn't want to do that to the people of Virginia, didn't want to spend tax payers dollars and create any more animosity than there already has been.