[UPDATE] Georgia's 2nd Congressional District

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia is conceding the race, saying the incumbent Democrat beat him.

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 (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

[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
him.

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was withdrawn when Bishop took the lead early Wednesday by about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.

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[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.

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Atlanta, GA (AP) -

Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop has lost his
southwest Georgia seat to a Republican challenger after 18 years in
Congress.

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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by T'ville Location: thomasvilee on Nov 3, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    Suck it up sucka's!!!! Bishop is ya man!!!
  • by T'ville Location: Old Soldier on Nov 3, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    It is something to think about. I have doubts about this election but Mike conceded the race and that means he is a good man. I would bet if the tables were turned Sanford Bishop would be demanding evrything to prove that he shoiuld have won. It is a strange thing when Mike was ahead and suddenly within 2 hours his lead evaporated and now we are faced with another term of Sanford Bishop. He has been in office too long and has grown accustomed to the perks of the office. While I can't accuse him of anything improper I am tired of his liberal views and the entitlement crowd who voted for him. I will pray that God will replace him next term with someone of Mike Keown back ground.
  • by Independent Location: GA on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    I agree to a recount, and actually analyzing the "registered voters" to see if they even live in Georgia and/or are still eligible to vote. Bishop had proven his dishonesty, so it would not surprise me that he had somehow "stolen" the election along with the scholarships. Will he blame that on his wife as well?
  • by thomasville Location: thomasville on Nov 3, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    For 18 years Bishop did every thing the people in his district wanted all of a sudden he can't do anything right check yourself and see what the real reason is that you are against him maybe its the election in 2008. Go Bishop
  • by Holly Location: Tville on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    FlyDiva78...I never said there was anything fishy. I just said that there needs to be a recount or something done just so there is no second guessing and we don't end up with a big problem like Florida had.
  • by FlyDiva78 Location: GA on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    @Holly...not sure your age, but the same thing happened with Bush and Gore...Gore had Florida and a few hours later Bush was announced the winner there, and if my memory serves me correctly, it was about VOTES not being counted...And there is nothing fishy, you expect a person to get a huge number of votes from their hometown, duh!
  • by Keown supporter Location: Thomasville on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    georgiagirl: I know you are right about that. Something is up especially when there were democrats even voting against Bishop. Boo!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Great, let's see how many more of his family members we can put through college while he's in office. Idots....
  • by anonymous Location: grady on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    there should be a recount there is no way Keown was ahead by 4,500 votes with i think it was reported 96% votes recieved and bishop came back to beat him?? i think there should be a recount
  • by Keown supporter Location: Thomasville on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    This is ridiculous! Something smells fishy. I am so disappointed and sick that we have to deal with Bishop for another term.
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