Arizona Senate President Tim Bee conceded defeat Wednesday in his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the 8th Congressional District of southern Arizona.
The Associated Press declared Giffords, a first-term Democrat, the winner by 11 p.m. Tuesday night, but Bee left a GOP gathering without comment about the election.
Wednesday, he congratulated Giffords on her 12-point victory.
“Congresswoman Giffords ran a strong campaign and we wish her well in representing us in Congress,” Bee said. He thanked his campaign workers and volunteers. “I’m proud of our supporters,” Bee said. “We fought a fight worth fighting.”