Compton concedes to Bailey in judge's race

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - 10th Circuit Court Judge, Place 2 race candidate Robert "Bo" Bailey tells Newscenter 11 his opponent, Robert Compton, called to congratulate him on a hard fought campaign.

“We had a good conversation. He thanked me for a good race and I thanked him for a good race,” Bailey explains. “We both wanted it. I wouldn’t expect anything else for someone to fight for something they want and we both did.”

After 100 percent of precincts were reporting Bailey had 55 percent of the votes counted. Affidavit ballots will still need to be counted.

“We all got together for three hours and watched the results come in. The hard work paid off,” Bailey says.

Bailey and Compton are both natives of Meridian and campaigned for several months. This judge race was the first open election for this position in nearly 40 years. Bailey celebrated at his parents’ home in Meridian.

“I appreciate the support and encouragement the public gave me throughout this process. I look forward to serving everyone,” Bailey says.