Democrats win control of Senate in U.S. midterm election

U.S. Democrats have captured both chambers of the U.S. Congress in Tuesday's midterm elections, after Democratic candidate James Webb defeated his Republican opponent, incumbent George Allen, in the crucial Senate race in Virginia, U.S. media reported Wednesday.

Webb's victory over Allen brought the number of Democratic seats in the 100-member Senate to 51, enabling the party to take control of the Senate for the first time since 2002, according to the Associated Press.

Democrats secured its control of the House hours after polling stations were closed on Tuesday night, but control of the Senate had remained uncertain until Wednesday night, as Webb, a former Navy secretary, was reportedly leading former Virginia governor Allen by only several thousands of votes out of more than 2.3 million cast.

Despite the reported victory for Webb, Allen had not conceded defeat. He might request a recount of the vote, news report said.

Webb planned to declare victory on Thursday, but Allen "has no intention of dragging this out," CNN reported.

Democrats have already won 229 seats in the 435-member House, against 196 seats for Republicans, retaking control of the House for the first time in 12 years. Several seats still remained undecided Wednesday night.

Source: Xinhua

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