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McClure declares victory before getting concession from opponent

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. - For much of the night, Lamont McClure, Democrat candidate for Northampton county executive, watched the results come in.

He maintained a 53% to 47% lead over Republican incumbent, John Brown.

McClure, who was backed by other local leaders like Northampton county district attorney, John Morganelli, and Bethlehem mayor, Robert Donchez, said he knew the race would be close.

At 11:00p on Tuesday night, even without a call from Brown, McClure declared victory telling people in attendance that a county official said all the votes were counted and he won.

McClure said he will focus on preserving open space and farmland in Northampton county.

He also talked about focusing on the Slate Belt region, "In the McClure administration, that will be my community and economic development's first job, create jobs in the Slate Belt," said McClure to supporters. "We're going to do that."

John Brown did call McClure around 11:40p to concede the race. After the call, John Brown didn't address the crowd, but told 69 News he was proud of the campaign he ran and "I plan to go out of office on a high note." 

McClure said the conversation with Brown was short and Brown was gracious in defeat. McClure then says Brown told him to, "Enjoy the victory and enjoy the night."

McClure says he looks forward to a smooth transition between his staff and the Brown administration.

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