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McKenzie concedes in Dist. 55 race



ST. PETERSBURG-- The Rev. Charles McKenzie congratulated his opponent, state Rep. Darryl Rouson, on his victory in the Dist. 55 Democratic primary tonight.

"I want to congratulate Mr. Rouson on winning," he said. "Regardless to the various factors involved, the only thing that counts is a win."

Rouson, D- St. Petersburg, had a 1678-vote lead with 62 percent of all reported votes in as of 9:26 p.m., according to the state Division of Elections.

McKenzie did score one victory, albeit a slight one. In Sarasota, McKenzie's turf, Rouson lost by only 151 votes.

"I’m a little disappointed from the results from Sarasota," McKenzie said. "My opponent was able to somehow cut into my base."

McKenzie said he wasn't sure what was next professionally for him.

"I’m grateful to my friends and my supporters for all the hard work they have done," he said. "The voters have made a decision and we will have to see what that means in terms of what kind of representative Mr. Rouson will be."

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:34am]


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