From Virgil Goode (R-Va.)
He may have survived the night. Here’s his statement, from Southern Virginia:
With all but one reliably Republican precinct reporting, the State Board of Elections is reporting that I am leading my opponent by more than 300 votes. We have scrubbed the numbers and confirmed them with local officials and I am confident that after today’s canvassing by the individual registrars’ office this lead will be sustained. It has been a long, hard-fought campaign and I feel good about where we are right now.
In the meantime, Norm Coleman, Gordon Smith, and Ted Stevens all appear headed to victory. Democrats did well, but they could have done much better yesterday. They won’t have another chance quite like this one for a long time.