Nov. 27 Might Be the Deciding Day for Virginia Senate Race

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 5:17 PM EST

In a press conference in Richmond, Virginia, Ed Gillespie, a George Allen campaign advisor and former Republican National Committee Chairman, announced that Allen will wait until the requisite certified recount results are released on November 27.

At that point, either candidate will be legally entitled under Virginia law to demand a recount.

Gillespie declined to say whether Allen might ask for a recount if he still comes up short. "On Nov. 27, you may be asking Mr. Webb'' that question, he said.

With the Senate hanging in the balance of this election, Democrat Jim Webb claimed victory at a celebration in Tyson's Corner at 1 a.m. this morning. Webb is expected to announce the members of his transition team sometime later today.

According to Virginia law, the losing party must request a recount if the difference in votes is less than one per cent, reported the New York Times.

-- Caroline Dobuzinskis

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