RICHMOND, Va. - Former governor George Allen admitted defeat in a speech before his supporters Tuesday at what they hoped would be a victory rally. Allen spoke on stage with his wife, Susan, and their children.
“We haven’t succeeded, my friends, in wining this election,” Allen said.
Allen said that he called Senator-elect Tim Kaine, congratulated him and pledged his cooperation.
Allen reminded his supporters about the principles he advocated during his campaign – creating jobs, productive energy policies and empowering education.
“And I pledge my best efforts as a private citizen to advocate the positive ideals and principles,” Allen said.
“I think it would be nice if we had a government that was on the side of entrepreneurs and small business owners,” Allen said.
He consoled his supporters and asked them to remain proud of the ideals they have been promoting.
“It has been a long and difficult campaign – it has also been a joyful one,” Allen said. “We are not happy with the results, but we are still alive.”
Allen concluded his speech by asking his supporters to “always stay strong for freedom.”
One supporter in the crowd, Janet Sullivan, 54, of Richmond, said, “I’m disappointed with the results of Mr. Allen’s race. I had faith in the state of Virginia that they could see the difference between the two.”
She added, “Maybe the demographics here are changing a little too much, values just aren’t as strong maybe … I don’t know.”
During the night, many Republican leaders took the stage, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who won re-election to his congressional seat, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
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