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December 20, 2002

Albany- Lott has repeatedly apologized for remarks approving of Strom Thurmond's segregationist run for president in 1948.

He fought to hold onto his post, but in recent days he began losing the support of many of his Republican Senate colleagues. Some South Georgia Republicans say they're glad he stepped down.

Dougherty County Republican party Chairman Gary Smith says now that Lott has resigned the party can focus on other issues.

Tennessee Senator Bill First is the favorite to replace Lott. The resignation is a first for the senate. No other Senate leader has ever stepped down because of controversy.

Posted at 8:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com