Democrats completed an improbable double-barreled election sweep of Congress on Wednesday, taking control of the Senate with a victory in Virginia as they padded their day-old majority in the House. Jim Webb's victory over Sen. George Allen in Virginia assured Democrats of 51 seats when the Senate convenes in January. That marked a gain of six in midterm elections in which the war in and were major issues.
Senator George Allen's campaign issued a statement noting that state officials are conducting a canvass of the votes cast in Tuesday's balloting. "At the conclusion of those efforts, Senator George Allen plans to make a statement regarding the outcome," it said.
The Senate had teetered at 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans for most of Wednesday, with Virginia hanging in the balance. Webb's victory ended Republican hopes of having a 50-50 split, with Vice President wielding tie-breaking authority.
On Wednesday morning, U.S. President George W. Bush announces that former CIA director Robert Gates will replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld, the controversial face of U.S. war policy, quit on Wednesday after Democrats rode Americans' anger and frustration over Iraq to victory in Tuesday's congressional elections. On Tuesday evening a few hours before Rumsfeld’s resignation, the MQM Political Action Committee had already predicted this step as inevitable during a live election telecast by the GEO TV from the Washington DC.While MQM USA’s Political Action Committee joined Jim Webb in his victory celebrations in Tyson’s Corner head quarters in Virginia, the MQM USA’s central organizer and the members of the central organizing committee has congratulated the winners and urges them to take confidence building measures in immigrant communities.