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12:49 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Dewey Defeats Tom

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Democratic state Sen. Tom Adelson has conceded the Tulsa mayor's race to Republican oilman Dewey Bartlett Jr.

With all 215 precincts reporting, unofficial election results showed Bartlett receiving 29,948 votes (44.95 percent) to 24,211 (36.34 percent) for Adelson.

Independents Mark Perkins and Lawrence Kirkpatrick lagged far behind, picking up 11,913 (17.88 percent) and 560 (0.84 percent) votes, respectively.

Messages left for comment from both men weren't immediately returned Tuesday night.

Bartlett told a cheering crowd at his victory party that many challenges lie ahead for Tulsa, which has been grappling with budget problems because of the economic downturn.

Adelson told those gathered at his watch party that the campaign was "spirited," and he urged unity among city residents.

Bartlett will succeed Mayor Kathy Taylor, who opted not to run again.

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Information from: The Tulsa World, www.tulsaworld.com