Mike Keown defeats 2 challengers, will take on U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop in November

Mike Keown defeated two challengers in Tuesday’s primary election, earning the Republican nomination and the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop for the 2nd Congressional District seat in November.

With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Keown took 19,989 votes, or 80.7 percent. Rick Allen took 2,740 votes, or 11.1 percent. Lee Ferrell earned 2,031 votes, or 8.2 percent.

“People are looking for a little bit of hope that people in Washington will listen to them,” Keown said. “We haven’t worked this hard just to win a primary.”

Keown, 56, appeared at a forum in Columbus on Thursday with the other two candidates. He touted his ability to raise money, his campaign’s organizational abilities and his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care initiative. He said the country had mortgaged the future of its children and grandchildren, and that he’s worked harder than anyone to defeat Bishop.

Keown said Tuesday night that people want an alternative, and that they believe him when he says he will represent southwest Georgia.

“We’re ready to catch another gear and go after Sanford Bishop in November,” Keown said.