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Keown concedes (UPDATES WITH COMMENTS FROM KEOWN)

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Mike Keown has conceded the race for U.S. representative of the Second Congressional District.

Keown said moments ago that he has not yet contacted U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, who won by more than 4,700 votes.

"Conventional wisdom says Republican candidates don't win in large urban areas with a large minority demographic," Keown said. "We got beaten by Albany and Muscogee County.

"We put together a good team. We ran a good race. And we were in it till the end."

With 99 percent of the district's vote counted, unofficial results from the secretary of state's office show Bishop with 86,370 votes, or 51.4 percent, to Keown's 81,594, or 48.6 percent.

Out of the 167,964 votes cast, 51,821 -- 30.8 percent -- were polled in Dougherty and Muscogee counties. Bishop received 37,329, or 72 percent, of the votes cast in those two counties.

In the remaining 30 counties of the district, Keown claimed 57.8 percent of the vote.