UPDATED: Ehrlich concedes defeat
Update, 12:05 a.m.: Former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. conceded minutes after 11 p.m., expressing disappointment but sounding as if he were ready to move on with his life.
"Didn't expect to give this short talk, but you're going to get it, and as usual for me, it's right from the heart," Ehrlich began, with his wife, Kendel, and son Drew on stage behind him.
"My dad the other night said, 'Run to win, expect to win, but if you lose, it's a pretty good ride for a little kid from the [inaudible] apartments,' " Ehrlich said, referring to where he grew up and his service in the General Assembly, Congress and the governor's mansion.
"Some of you here tonight -- I see the faces, I see the disappointment. All of you can see my face. I'm really disappointed, obviously," Ehrlich said. "But this is politics, and this is Maryland, and being a Republican in Maryland is tough," Ehrlich said.
"2014!" someone yelled from the crowd. But Ehrlich also said he looked forward to practicing law again and being with friends and family.
"We really care about this state, and we care about the direction of this state, and we care about the people of this state, and we care about the people who care about this state," Ehrlich said.
"For us, this is the close of a chapter. It's not sad. Please believe me," Ehrlich said.
He told the crowd to keep faith.
"This state's too good for some of the stuff we've seen go down here in the past couple years. We've got a new generation coming up," Ehrlich said, before saying he wanted to thank everyone one last time for their commitment and the way they ran the campaign. "That's what I want to remember you by," he said.
Original post: Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) conceded defeat minutes after 11 p.m. in his bid to unseat Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
"Tonight is at an end. We wish him well," Ehrlich said of O'Malley, flanked by his wife and family. "For us, this is the close of a chapter. For us, it's not sad."
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