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Rep. Sanford Bishop prepares for Washington return

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The political landscape shifted Tuesday night in Georgia and across the country. One place it didn't change was the 2nd Congressional District.

Representative Sanford Bishop survived the closest race of his career to win a tenth term in Congress. Challenger Mike Keown led for most of the night, but when all the votes were counted in Muscogee and Dougherty Counties, Congressman Sanford Bishop was ahead by nearly five thousand votes.

Wednesday night Congressman Sanford Bishop was in Columbus, thanking supporters. After looking at the final numbers his challenger Mike Keown said he won't ask for a recount. He conceded the race Wednesday morning.

The results were in around 4:00 AM, but it wasn't until 9:00 AM that Challenger Mike Keown conceded the race on his Facebook page. As the lead went back and forth into the early hours of the morning Congressman Sanford Bishop made it clear, it wouldn't be over until all the ballots were counted.

"I feel very strongly that an election shouldn't be called until all the votes are counted," said Congressman Sanford Bishop.

Mike Keown told supporters via his Facebook page he felt he'd let them down. More than 100 supporters responded that wasn't the case. Keown knew it would be an uphill battle in a district where the majority is democrat.

"We knew it was going to be tough, you're taking on an 18 year incumbent in a district that really favors him, so we knew it was going to be an uphill battle," said Mike Keown, Second Congressional District Challenger.

Tuesday's shift in power in the house will make for a new landscape as Bishop returns to Washington. He believes Democrats will objectively look at the voting record and will work with Republicans across the aisle to move forward.

"At some point, we'll move forward and try to work, hopefully across party lines, for policies that will be able to move the American people forward," said Bishop.

The Congressman believes his record of delivering jobs to southwest Georgia sealed his re-election bid while other Democrats were sent home.

"Many people are unaware, they're ignorant of many of the things that have taken place that have really protected and moved the American people forward from the place we were some 22 months ago," said Bishop.

Keown ultimately offered the Congressman his support, and Bishop told Keown he ran a hard fought race. Mike Keown said he had no regrets, there's nothing he would have done differently, he left it all on the field and the result stand for themselves.

Congressman Sanford Bishop says he's not concerned about losing influence in the Republican-controlled House. He told us in his 18 years he's served under both parties.


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