Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner declared victory over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, separated by a margin of just 14,510 votes.
"It was a hard fought race," Warner told a crowd of supporters at the campaign's Crystal City election headquarters. "It lasted a little longer than we wanted."
"The results are in, and we won," Kaine told still apprehensive supporters. "Folks, we got this."
The tone was defiant from Gillespie, who refused to concede defeat at his headquarters just a half hour away in Springfield.
"There will be a canvas that commences tomorrow," Gillespie said just before midnight. "We're going to hang in there. Let's just stay together a few more days, maybe longer."
Gillespie could request a recount, as Virginia allows candidates who lose by less than one percent of the total vote to move forward with the procedure.
At this hour, a one percent difference translates into about 21,658.73 votes. The final vote count still has to be certified by the Virginia Department of Elections.