District 2 Republican candidate, Mike Keown, answers a question during a political debate with Congressman Sanford Bishop at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Thursday night. (story by J.D.) photo taken 10-28-10 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[UPDATE] - 11-3 - 10:50AM --
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Sanford
Bishop of Georgia is conceding the race, saying the incumbent
Democrat beat him.
Andrew O'Shea, campaign manager for GOP congressional Mike Keown
(COW-en), told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the
Republican has left a message with Bishop's campaign congratulating
The Associated Press initially called the race in southwest
Georgia's 2nd District for Keown based on early returns. The call
was withdrawn when Bishop took the lead early Wednesday by about
4,500 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated
Press is awaiting the tabulation of provisional and absentee
ballots before calling the race.
Bishop has represented the district for 18 years. Keown is a
state lawmaker and pastor from Coolidge.
[UPDATE] 11-3 8:30AM --
Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop took the lead early Wednesday
over his Republican challenger Mike Keown by about 4,500 votes.
Muscogee County, a heavily Democratic county where Bishop lives
in Columbus, also reported that it was still counting 4,000 mail-in
ballots, but not all were from voters in Bishop's district.
Atlanta, GA (AP) -
Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop has lost his
southwest Georgia seat to a Republican challenger after 18 years in
Mike Keown, a Republican state lawmaker and pastor from
Coolidge, defeated Bishop on Tuesday in Georgia's 2nd District,
which includes Columbus and Albany.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns
showed Keown with 53 percent of the vote to Bishop's 47 percent.
During the campaign, Keown had sizable support from national
Republicans pushing to take control of Congress.
Meanwhile, Bishop spent much of his bid for a 10th term
explaining why his office steered scholarships from the nonprofit
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to family members and others
connected to him and his wife.
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