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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Look for a lively race for 2nd district Congress this fall.  Longtime incumbent Sanford Bishop will face a strong challenge from the new Republican nominee Mike Keown.

Keown jumped out with an early lead Tuesday night and held on to easily defeat opponents Rick Allen and Lee Ferrell.  Keown, who's campaign slogan is "Boot Bishop", hopes that's just what he can do in November.

We caught Keown's supporters as the news was announced.  There was thunderous applause by his many supporters, many who drove from all over the district to be there for the celebration.  His wife Kathy was the first to congratulate Keown, a state representative who has been a Baptist Preacher for years. 

Keown was hoping to garner 70% of the vote, but, at the last tally (10:48 PM), he exceeded that with closer to 80%, and says he's ready to defend the incumbent after another 100 day battle.

Keown said, "I got in this because I really felt like the Lord wanted me to do this and I'm concerned about what our children and grandchildren are going to have if we don't do something about our country right now.  That's why I'm in it and I'm going to stay in it and work harder than anybody, I guarantee you I'm going to outwork Sanford Bishop between now and November."

Keown says Sanford Bishop has been part of the Obama/Pelosi machine that has mortgaged the lives of future generations and must be stopped.

Mike Keown, who lives in Coolidge, is a Baptist minister, a home builder and a state representative.  He faces off in November with Democrat Sanford Bishop, a former Columbus attorney, who served in the state legislature and was elected to Congress in 1992.

Bishop is running for a 10th term.


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