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US SENATE: Allen concedes Senate race to Kaine

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Republican George Allen has conceded the Virginia U.S. race to Tim Kaine.

With 88 percent of the vote in, Kaine led Allen with 50.6 percent of the vote, or by about 37,000 votes.

The victory denies Republicans an open seat they targeted for more than a year in hopes of ending Democratic Senate rule.

For Allen, it was a bitter second loss for the same seat, one that leaves his once-bright political future in doubt.

Allen held the seat from 2001 to 2007, losing re-election to Democrat Jim Webb in a 2006 campaign marred by Allen's use of the slur "macaca" aimed at a Virginia-born Webb campaign aide of Indian descent.

Kaine, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, depicted Allen as a bare-knuckled GOP partisan hostile toward bipartisan compromise.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An exhausting Senate race that led the nation in spending by murky outside, independent groups and has tested voters' patience for a year is at an end.

The most recent polling shows Democrat Tim Kaine with a slight edge over Republican George Allen, but it's one Republicans could offset with an organized and aggressive turnout effort.

The two former governors are vying Tuesday for the seat Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is vacating, and it could determine whether Democrats keep a thin Senate majority. Allen hopes to win back the seat he lost to Webb in 2006.

As of Oct. 17, Allen had raised and spent about $12.5 million to Kaine's $17.4 million. But outside spending totals nearly $53 million, with Allen benefiting from about 60 percent of it.

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