Paris Concedes Defeat in Runoff with David Lucas

10:31 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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State Senator Miriam Paris told supporters she has apparently lost her Democratic party runoff with former state Rep. David Lucas.

"It appears my opponent's numbers have come out on top," she said at her election night headquarters.

Paris was running about 300 votes behind Lucas, who benefited from a strong showing in Bibb County where he ran up about 60 percent of the vote. District-wide, Lucas led with 51 percent of the vote.

The district also includes all or part of Houston, Jones, Wilkinson, Twiggs, Washington and Hancock counties.

As of 11:30 p.m., all counties except Hancock had reported final results.

Lucas was hesitant to claim victory in an interview just before 11 p.m. He said provisional and some absentee ballots still have to be counted.

The winner will run against Republican Bobby Gale in the general election.

Paris told supporters: "Don't let this discourage you." She strongly hinted she would run again in two years.

Paris was elected to her seat in 2011 after defeating Lucas in a primary runoff. They ran in a special election to fill the seat formerly held by Robert Brown, who resigned to run for Mayor of Macon.

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