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The Religious Right's compromised golden boy had a bad night.

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed conceded defeat about 9:50 p.m. in Georgia's Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

"Tonight my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end," he said.

He promised to work for the GOP ticket, including Sen. Casey Cagle (R-Gainesville), his rival in the lieutenant governor's race.

Reed conceded at 9:48 p.m., speaking to a crowd that cheered for the first time all night.

With him was his wife, Jo Anne, and their four children.

"Today, Jo Anne and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. It was an important reminder of what's really important.

"Stay in the fight, don't retreat, and our values will win in November," he said.

Reed is on his way to losing by over 10 points. He'll work on those "values" for the fall, like selling out his ideals to Jack Abramoff for cold, hard cash.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jul 18, 2006 at 07:47 PM PDT.

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