By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal
EUPORA – Henry Ross, who came in second in Tuesday’s Republican primary for Congress, conceded the victory to Alan Nunnelee on Friday.
Ross also said he’s offered his support to Nunnelee in November’s general election against Democrat incumbent Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville.
“It’s time to concede,” Ross said. “I called Alan this morning and congratulated him as the party’s nominee.”
Tuesday night and Wednesday, Ross was unwilling to do so, saying results in some of the 1st Congressional District’s 24 counties were too close to call and deserved re-examination.
“We wanted to look at the numbers and evaluate what happened,” the former Eupora mayor said about the results.
Nunnelee, a businessman and state senator, won 52 percent of a low turnout and bypassed a possible runoff against Ross or former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan of Oxford. Ross would have needed another 750 votes to force a second primary.
About 38,000 people voted Tuesday, which was about 6,000 less than in the same primary two years ago.
Wednesday, the Ross campaign said it was especially disappointed with its votes in Clay County, where they said they expected to do better.
Clay County’s returns weren’t available election night, and Circuit Clerk Robert Harrell Jr. said a computer failure prevented their getting vote totals for reports until the next day.
“I think I’m going to have a backup for the big election in November,” he said Friday.
As for what’s next, Ross said he’s “just going to get back to a normal lifestyle” after months of day-to-day campaigning.
Will he actually work with the Nunnelee campaign for a Republican victory? “Well, that’s to be determined,” he added.
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