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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Republican candidate for Md. Senate concedes
BALTIMORE, Md. (CNN) -- Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele on Wednesday conceded defeat to Rep. Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Cardin held a lead of 54 percent to 44 percent for the seat now held by retiring Democrat Paul Sarbanes.

Despite Cardin's claim of victory late Tuesday, Steele had refused to concede and urged supporters to "hang tough" and prepare for a long night. The campaign was heated at times, with Steele noting in his concession speech that "I enjoyed sparring with him over the past few months."
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