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Republican Congressman Kenny Hulshof has conceded the governor's race to his Democratic opponent, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon. KSMU's Jennifer Moore spoke with reporter Jack Cunningham, who was on the scene in Columbia, moments after Hulshof took the stage to give his concession speech Tuesday night.
Cunningham said that Hulshof took the stage after being introduced by Senator Kit Bond. As his wife, Renee, held back tears, Kenny Hulshof said he had just placed a phone call to his Democratic rival, Jay Nixon, in which he congratulated Nixon on his victory.Hulshof talked about change, and said that Missouri should continue to push for change.He said although the crowd was somber, Hulshof was received with a warm welcome, and his supporters also gave him a warm farewell.Cunningham said Hulshof did not indicate what he plans to do now that the race is over. A member of the crowd yelled "2012!" when Hulshof was conceding the race, encouraging the Congressman to try again.