RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA) -- At the Virginia Republican Party gathering in Richmond, what began as a night of optimism and hope quickly deflated into one of despair.
The party faithful endured not just George Allen's loss to Tim Kaine for the U.S Senate seat, but the second term given to President Barack Obama.
"It's been a long and difficult campaign, but it's also been a joyful one," said George Allen, GOP candidate for Senate.
Allen's concession speech was met with stunned silence until someone in the room yelled "no."
"We're not happy with the results, but we're still alive. So long as they don't kill you, you keep fighting," Allen told the crowd.
Republican Bonnie Bird told us, "I'm trying to remember back in 2000. Where were we? Were people saying 'oh, the night's over, I'm so sorry. 'And 'then, oh wow, we've got a shot.'"
This was not the night Virginia Republicans had envisioned. It's not over yet.
"No, we haven't heard from Florida. We haven't heard from..." said Aleyda Kasten.
Many people in the crowd believe this is reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election and they're still holding out a glimmer of hope until every vote is counted.
"It really isn't over yet. It did harken back to 2000. They were reporting... I went to bed at 3 a.m. and when I woke up the next morning, the world was in turmoil and we were in the Supreme Court," said Michele Tennery.
One thing to which both parties agree: the steady drumbeat of campaign ads in Virginia is over.