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GOP’s Gillespie concedes Va. Senate race to Warner

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., waves to the crowd, Nov. 5, 2014. Warner has won the race for re-election.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., waves to the crowd, Nov. 5, 2014. Warner has won the race for re-election. AP

Republican Ed Gillespie Friday conceded the Virginia U.S. Senate race to incumbent Mark Warner.

Gillespie almost scored Tuesday’s biggest Senate upset against Warner, who previously had won Senate and a governor’s race easily.

“In my head and in my heart, I know that a change in outcome is not possible,” Gillespie said. “The numbers just aren’t there, and it’s time to accept the decision of my fellow Virginians.

With 99.9 percent of precincts reporting, Warner led by about 17,000 votes, with 49.2 percent to Gillespie’s 48.4 percent.

Warner’s victory means Democrats will control at least 46 Senate seats in the next Congress. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., faces a December 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy is a strong favorite.

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