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Marking the Senate shift

From NBC's Ken Strickland and Kevin Corke

Democratic leaders are expected to hold a news conference this afternoon acknowledging that they've won majority control of the Senate with 51 votes to Republicans' 49. Tomorrow, Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Whip Richard Durbin are expected to meet with President Bush at the White House. Official control would not take effect until January. When the Senate comes back for the lame duck session next week, Republicans will still hold the majority.

In the race that gave Democrats control of the Senate, we're likely to hear from both Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) and his Democratic opponent Jim Webb today. NBC News declared Webb the apparent winner last night at 8:38 pm.