WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2006) — It appears that Democratic senatorial candidates Jon Tester of Montana and Jim Webb of Virginia have won squeaker elections in their states, giving the Democrats a 51-49 Senate majority in the upcoming 110th Congress.
Mr. Webb—with a lead of about 7,236 votes—has been tabbed the winner in Virginia by the Associated Press based on the news agency's review of election results in all the state's counties. However, two-time incumbent Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has not yet conceded the race.
Democrats also will have 229 seats in the House of Representatives, 11 more than they need for a majority there.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association said yesterday it looked forward to meeting with the new Democratic leaders of Congress and discussing issues of importance to the tire industry. The Tire Industry Association, however, said the Democratic majority would make it difficult to achieve progress on several pieces of legislation important to tire dealers, such as the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act and a permanent repeal of the estate tax.