Davis concedes to opponent in Republican primary

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. David Davis has conceded to his opponent in Tennessee's 1st Congressional District Republican primary.

Davis had questioned his apparent loss in last week's primary, but prominent Tennessee politicians from both parties weren't sure he had a strong case.

Davis lost to Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe by 486 votes out of more than 51,000 ballots cast.

The freshman incumbent said in a statement earlier this week that he believed "there is clear and overwhelming evidence" the integrity of the primary was violated unlawfully.

In a statement released Friday, Davis said it was in the best interest of everyone concerned that he concede the election to Roe and that he had contacted Roe about his decision.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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