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November 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Finkbeiner concedes Lt. Governor’s race

Republican Bill Finkbeiner on Wednesday conceded that Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen won re-election.

Owen was leading former state Senate Republican Leader Finkbeiner by about 54 percent to 46 percent in incomplete returns.

“The voters have chosen to keep Brad Owen in as the Lieutenant Governor. I have a lot of respect for Brad,” Finkbeiner said in a statement. “He cares about the Legislature, presides fairly over the Senate and is a dedicated public servant.”

Owen has been lieutenant governor since 1997. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and takes command when the governor is out of state.

Finkbeiner is a moderate Republican who provided a key vote needed to pass a landmark gay-rights bill in 2006.

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