People are starting to say more and more that Allen should just call it quits. The power of one chamber of Congress hinges on him now, and he needs to pick up 7,000 votes to turn the race around (and double that to do so safely). Bay Buchanan said on CNN this afternoon that he should get his recount that he is entitled too, but that is it. If he continues to fight after that and drags it into the courts, and that ends up flipping it around, then there will be heavy "resentment" towards the Republicans in this country:
We are also starting to see pressure on Allen from within the beltway to concede:
Top Republicans in Washington will give Sen. George Allen a few days to take stock of his legal and political options before beginning to pressure him to concede to James Webb. Senior Republican officials and White House aides believe that Webb won the race. Several outside advisers to Allen want him to make the decision quickly; others in his campaign want to make sure that there's no chance a cache of new votes will turn up. One question: when will (will?) the AP call the race?
Like I said in my previous post - think of how much higher the stock market may have closed today if we knew who was running the Senate. Investors do not like uncertainties that much.
The AP has called the race for Webb. This is the first news service to call a winner in the race.
NBC declares Webb the winner and saying the Allen concession speech might come tomorrow night.