David Kurtz

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The White House strategy for going forward is pretty apparent from this Reuters dispatch:

President George W. Bush, disappointed at the Democrats' seizure of the House of Representatives, will hold a news conference on Wednesday to urge his opponents to work with him, the White House said.

The news conference was set for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT).

White House spokesman Tony Snow said the outcome of the elections, in which Democrats were projected to win control of the House and pick up several Senate seats, was "not what we would've hoped."

"But it also gets us to a point: Democrats have spent a lot of time complaining about what the president has done. This is an opportunity for them to kind of stand up," Snow said.

No concessions. No retreat. No surrender.

There will be much more to say about this in the coming hours and days, but it's not a bad time, even as the Senate remains in the balance, to emphasize a point we have made here from time to time during this campaign.

The election marks a beginning more than an end. Savor the moment tonight. But there is much to be done and no time to linger. Plans must be implemented. More battles waged. Our opponents have been planning for this moment for many months. They are ready. We must be, too.

The two Georgia House districts which have been fiercely contested are still too close to call. Both Democratic incumbents, Marshall and Barrow, hold small leads with most of the votes counted.

Karl Rove formally told the President tonight that the House had gone to the Democrats, Reuters reports.

To have been a fly on that wall.

Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean holds on to her seat in the Illinois-8th, CNN projects.

Three more GOP seats lost. Magic number down to 5 for the Democrats to control the House.

Republican Joe Negron is conceding GOPer Mark Foley's old seat, the Florida-16.

Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) has lost his seat to Heath Shuler, based on CNN's projection.

Don Sherwood (R-NY) is also projected to lose by CNN and FOX.

Another one bites the dust.

Rep. Curt Weldon, the embattled Republican from Pennsylvania under federal criminal investigation, goes down to retired Admiral Joe Sestak, based on CNN's projection.