JACKSON, MS (WMC-TV) - Democrat Ronnie Musgrove conceded Wednesday to Republican Roger Wicker in their Mississippi Senate race.
Wicker defeated Musgrove in a special election Tuesday, and will serve the final four years of a six-year term started by Trent Lott.
Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove had refused to concede the race Tuesday night, but had a change of heart Wednesday.
For Musgrove it simply came down to votes. Even with provisional and affidavit ballots, the margin of victory was just too great to overcome.
"Mississippians yesterday and Americans yesterday made their decisions and we respect that and congratulate the winners," Musgrove said.
12 hours earlier, Musgrove's tone was different.
"There are still tens of thousands of provisional and affidavit ballots that are out. I will call Roger Wicker when every ballot is counted," Musgrove said Tuesday night.
But the nearly 124,000 vote margin was too much for the former governor.
By most standards, it was a hard fought and contentious campaign full of nasty and mainly negative ads that pitted two former college roommates against each other.
Musgrove did not take questions and would not say if he would run for office again.
"I will continue to fight and to work hard to make Mississippi a better place because I believe in Mississippi," Musgrove said.
This is the second time in four years Ronnie Musgrove has lost an election. His plans now are to go back to being an attorney and part time professor at Ole Miss.