November 5, 2014
The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie was too close to call Tuesday night, with Gillespie hinting at a possible recount in the coming days.
As of Wednesday morning, Warner led Gillespie by only .49% and 12,934 votes according to unofficial returns from the Associated Press. In Virginia, the defeated candidate can request a recount if the difference of total votes is less than one percent.
During his speech at campaign party headquarters in Springfield late Tuesday night, Gillespie did not concede the race. He told supports he would continue to monitor the race, telling the crowd, "we'll know better tomorrow".
Meanwhile, Warner declared victory at his campaign party in Arlington, joined on the stage by Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Tim Kaine.
"The thing that we're seeing all across the country.. is that people are tired of politics as usual," said Warner, "At the end of the day, they want to hire folks to go to Washington that can work across party lines, that can actually work to put the people's business first and you have given me a chance to go back and continue that fight."
Warner trailed most of the night, acknowledging in his speech that the race was closer than expected.
If the final election results show the race within a one percent margin, the defeated candidate has until November 14 to petition for a recount.