Ex-US House rep concedes to rival in new district


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy has conceded the Democratic primary in a new Columbus congressional district to former state Rep. Joyce Beatty.

In a statement, Kilroy said the result was "not what I had hoped for" and thanked her supporters.

Beatty (BAY'-dee), a former Ohio House minority leader, led by about 3 points with 90 percent of votes counted.

Beatty, a vice president at Ohio State University, landed the endorsement of popular Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman in her bid.

The NAACP was among groups that fought for a district friendly to a black candidate during this year's redistricting process. Beatty is black; Kilroy is white.

Kilroy lost a bid for a district with different borders in 2006 after a recount, won a squeaker in 2008, and lost in 2010.