Wed., November 3, 2010 2:49pm (EDT)

Bishop's Challenger Concedes
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Congressman Sanford Bishop Georgia 2nd Congressional District (photo courtesy Bishop campaign)
Congressman Sanford Bishop Georgia 2nd Congressional District (photo courtesy Bishop campaign)
South Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop is returning to Washington to represent the 2nd District.His challenger Mike Keown called Bishop and conceded the race today after first being declared the winner by the Associated Press late Tuesday night.

By early Wednesday morning everything changed. Results from Dougherty and Muscogee counties, the two largest in the district, were late coming in. By the time all of the votes were counted in Albany and Columbus Bishop won with more than 51-percent of the vote.

Bishop’s campaign manager Travis Worl says Bishop was confident despite predictions of his defeat and never considered conceding.

“We were watching the numbers and we had direct communications with the election boards. So, we saw the numbers that were still out there and we knew what was still yet to come in.”

This is Bishop’s closest election since taking office in 1993.