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Vincent Sheheen Losses Close Race for S.C. Governor

Sheheen conceded late Tuesday in front of a crowd of supporters. Sheheen conceded late Tuesday in front of a crowd of supporters.

By Justin Pryor

A long South Carolina gubernatorial campaign climaxed Tuesday night for Republican Nikki Haley and Democratic Vincent Sheheen.

Sheheen and Haley were in a tug of war for the lead though the night as neither could pull away with the lead. That all changed as the final election results poured in from Lexington County, Haley's home county. Sheheen saw his hopes of becoming the next governor of South Carolina slip through his fingers.

The Democrat conceded defeat in front of a packed house of faithful supporters at the Democratic Party gathering in Columbia.

"I look out on this crowd, and I know that just like me, you wished with all of your might that we could take this state in a new direction," said Sheheen.

Cheers and tears from the tired audience filled the room as Sheheen thanked his supporters for giving him the opportunity to represent them in such an important race.

"It was a wonderful, wonderful experience and I have no regrets," said Sheheen.

Sheheen's political career is not over, he will continue to serve as a state senator from Camden. Sheheen faces re-election in 2012.

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