Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine kept the Democratic momentum for Virginia going in the U.S. Senate, unofficially beating Republican George Allen by 50.83 percent to 47.23 percent.
In Loudoun County as of midnight with 83 of 85 precincts reporting, Kaine beat Allen by 52.60 percent to 47.73 percent of the vote.
In 2012, Democrats were concerned about Republicans gaining a majority in the U.S. Senate with the vacated seat left by retiring Jim Webb.
While it appears that Democrats will keep control of the Senate, some western state races were still unofficial as of press time.
Allen conceded the race to Kaine at about 11 p.m.
His campaign could not be reached for comment as of press time.
Kaine previously served as governor of the commonwealth of Virginia. The Democrat campaigned as someone who would work across the aisle to accomplish the challenges facing the nation. Kaine made the “talent economy” the primary focus of his campaign, proposing investments in education, workforce training and more economic opportunities for military veterans.
To begin reducing the federal deficit, Kaine favored letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for people making $500,000 or more, ending “Big Oil’ subsidies and allowing more negotiation within Medicare for prescription drug prices. Kaine supports an “all-of-the-above” energy policy.
Allen, also a former goveror of Virginia, was looking to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat he held from 2001 to 2007. Allen narrowly lost the seat in 2006 to Webb.
The Republican focused his campaign on creating jobs, strengthening the economy and a strong repudiation of President Barack Obama’s policies, especially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
During interviews with the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Allen said he wanted to be the “51st vote to repeal Obamacare.”
The Republican advocated growing Virginia’s energy economy, including preserving the commonwealth’s coal industry and opening the coast for energy exploration.
– Staff Writer Trevor Baratko contributed to this report.
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