Rep. Bono Mack concedes House race to Democratic foe
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) conceded her House race on Friday to her Democratic challenger Paul Ruiz.
November 9th, 2012
10:54 PM ET

Rep. Bono Mack concedes House race to Democratic foe

The Democrats picked up another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday after longtime Rep. Mary Bono Mack conceded defeat three days after the election.

Bono Mack - who in 1998 succeeded her late husband Sonny Bono, one half of the famous Sonny and Cher singing duo before he went into politics - said Friday in a statement that she had called Democrat Raul Ruiz "and congratulated him on his impressive victory."

"After 25 years of public life in the beautiful desert, it is now time for me to start a new chapter in my life," said Bono Mack, who resides in the Palm Springs area of southern California.

With Ruiz's win, Democrats now have at least 195 seats in the House. Republicans are still guaranteed a majority, with at least 234 seats, while six contests remain too close to call.

Bono Mack won't have to look to find someone who understands what it feels like to lose this election cycle. Her current husband, former Rep. Connie Mack IV, lost his bid for a Senate seat against incumbent Bill Nelson in Florida.

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  1. chrissy

    Bono Mack was once married to Sonny Bono? Lol strikes me funny, her name wouldve then been Bono Bono??? How odd.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wha.....?

    She married Sonny Bono, taking his last name...
    She took over Sonny Bono's seat when he died.
    Then she married Connie Mack and just added Mack to her last name...Bono Mack. Simple.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. --Rick

    She did a good job in my view, but apparently not the job her district wanted. That's democracy.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Well did you have fun playin on mommy and daddys computor?????

    November 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guantamamo Inmate

    And I second that !

    November 11, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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    November 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |