Paseur concedes Supreme Court race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democratic Supreme Court candidate Deborah Bell Paseur has conceded her race against Republican Greg Shaw.

Paseur said Friday she decided to concede the tight race after county canvas boards across the state had completed counting provisional ballots.

"I am deeply humbled by the overwhelming amount of support that I have received from Alabamians from all walks of life and all parts of the state," said Judge Paseur in a statement.

She goes on to says ,"It has truly been a blessing to have this opportunity to run for the state's highest court. But, the votes have now been counted and this campaign has come to an end. And, I congratulate Judge Greg Shaw on becoming Alabama's next Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court and wish him the best."

Shaw is a criminal appeals court judge who led Paseur by some 12,800 votes after the Nov. 4 election.

"Serving on Alabama's highest Court will be a true privilege and a high honor for me," said Judge Shaw. "I appreciate the confidence that the people of Alabama have in me as a judge and I will work hard every day to decide the cases that come before the Court fairly, based on the law and the facts."

Paseur is a former district judge in Florence.

Shaw will fill the seat vacated by retiring Supreme Court Justice Harold See.

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