KANSAS CITY, Missouri - First-term Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser became the first incumbent since the 1920s to be denied a second term.
About two hours after the polls closed Tuesday, Funkhouser conceded defeat in the primary election.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns showed Funkhouser third with 21 percent of the vote to 27 percent for Sly James and 26 percent for Mike Burke, both attorneys. James and Burke will compete in the general election on March 22 .
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The 61-year-old former city auditor gave a gracious concession speech.
"It has been a real honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri as mayor,” Funkhouser said. "I think we have done a very good job of steering the city through a very, very deep recession."
After answering questions from reporters, Funkhouser said he was going to go home and have a beer. Funkhouser said there had perhaps been too much turmoil.
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