I was so, so glad to be watching CNN (rather than MSNBC, which I had on in the PIP) sometime after 12 AM Central last night. If I hadn't been, I would have missed the best moment of the night: Jim Webb came out to make what everyone expected to be a I-am-going-to-bed-this-isn't-going-to-be-decided-tonight-speech (just like George Allen had done about an hour previously), and he DECLARED VICTORY.
From Salon at 12:08 AM CST:
With an 1,800-vote lead over Republican Sen. George Allen, Jim Webb just told his
supporters that it's important to respect the Democratic process. But just when it
sounded like he was about to concede that there's still a lot of counting -- and maybe
recounting -- to be done, Webb said: "The votes are in, and we won."
(I am still looking for a video--the reaction of the people in the CNN and MSNBC newrooms was half the fun.)
[Edited it add a clip of the CNN coverage, albeit without the anchor reaction]
Payback's a bitch.
What about a recount, you say?
Last year Virginia had a recount for the State Attorney General race, and the vote totals only changed by 37.
Let's all hope that the election results are as clean this time.