A longtime western Kentucky senator has conceded his loss in the race for the 3rd District seat.
Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton told the Kentucky New Era that he congratulates Republican Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville attorney, on his win and wishes him "the best of luck" during his service in the legislature.
Pendleton, of Hopkinsville, has served in the Senate for 20 years. A recanvass of votes last week did not change the ballot totals, which showed he lost the seat by 297 votes.
He issued a statement Monday saying it was time to move on and he would not request an official recount.
Westerfield will serve a four-year term that begins in January representing Christian, Todd and Logan counties.