It's decided, Virginia.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie conceded to Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner just after 1 p.m. Friday, ending fading speculation that the campaign might request a recount later this month.
Gillespie told a crowd of supporters with his wife by his side that the numbers could not add up to a Republican victory in the razor-thin Senate race.
"It would be wrong to put Virginians through a recount when in my head and in my heart, I know it would not change the outcome," Gillespie said.
The former RNC Chairman also said he called Warner Friday morning to congratulate him on his re-election. Warner released a statement moments after Gillespie finished his concession speech, describing the phone call as amicable.
"I commended him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his family well," Warner said in a written statement. "I am sure Ed Gillespie will continue to contribute to the debate in Virginia and the nation."
"I loved every minute of this campaign - well, maybe not this minute," Gillespie said as he took the podium in Springfield.
The former lobbyist thanked core supporters, known as "the Mighty G-Force," and touted an expansive campaign that translated literature into seven languages across the Commonwealth.
Gillespie is now poised to run for governor in 2017, and was quickly commended by Va. House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell.
“Congratulations to Ed Gillespie and his entire campaign team on a well-run, hard-fought campaign," Howell said. "Ed took on a tremendous challenge and came closer to victory than many thought possible."
Gillespie and Warner are separated by 16,540 votes, or 0.76 of the total votes cast in Tuesday's election.