AP, NBC call Virginia for Webb, Dems to control both House & Senate
Thursday November 09th 2006, 12:14 pm

TOTAL victory!

Democrats win control of Senate

NBC projects Webb victor in Va.; win solidifies Democratic power on Hill

NBC, MSNBC and news services
Updated: 8:51 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2006

WASHINGTON – Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994, as NBC News projected Democrat Jim Webb as the winner.

Webb’s apparent squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, an astonishing turnabout at the hands of voters unhappy with Republican scandal and unabated violence in Iraq. Allen was the sixth Republican incumbent senator defeated in Tuesday’s elections.

The Senate had teetered at 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans for most of Wednesday, with Virginia hanging in the balance. Webb’s victory ended Republican hopes of eking out a 50-50 split, with Vice President Dick Cheney wielding tie-breaking authority.

The presumed Democratic majority counts on the support of two independent senators who have declared that they will caucus with the Democrats.

NBC appear to have made their call following Associated Press making their announcement of a Webb win …

Dems Complete Election Sweep of Congress
AP Declares Webb the Winner in Va.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats completed an improbable double-barreled election sweep of Congress on Wednesday, taking control of the Senate with a victory in Virginia as they padded their day-old majority in the House.

Jim Webb’s victory over Sen. George Allen in Virginia assured Democrats of 51 seats when the Senate convenes in January. That marked a gain of six in midterm elections in which the war in Iraq and President Bush were major issues.

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…. fireworks are surely in order…
and in my head the old time song plays… happy days are here again…

Comment by rainie 11.09.06 @ 4:08 pm

It’s a hell of a good start, rainie… but there’s still troops in Iraq and an emasculated wannabe King in the Oval Office.

At least, the cleanup in Washington can begin… but I suspect it’ll be as slow and half-assed as that other forgotten cleanup in Nawlins.

Comment by weez 11.09.06 @ 4:28 pm

this is true, but things have/had gone so far to the right that the outcomes of the elections came as a surprise… cheers to one hell of a good start…

Comment by rainie 11.09.06 @ 10:10 pm

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