Updated – Conrad Burns also concedes. Scroll for update.
As the canvassing continues in Virginia, Sen. George Allen, R-Virginia, is sequestered in his home, “shell shocked,” and going through “a nightmare,” during this period of limbo, a senior Allen staffer tells CNN.
Update: Conrad Burns also concedes the Montana Senate race:
Montana Sen. Conrad Burns has conceded the U.S. Senate race to Democratic challenger Jon Tester, according to a media report Thursday. “I stand ready to help as Montana transitions to a new United States Senator,” Burns said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. “We fought the good fight and we came up just a bit short.” Burns served three terms as senator.
It’s honorable on George Allen’s and Conrad Burns’ part that they aren’t dragging their races out. The Republicans’ losses are hard, but the only way we can begin working our way back is to accept reality and move on.