Debby Peppers concedes Georgia state Senate runoff to Chuck Payne

Debby Peppers conceded a Georgia state senate runoff to Chuck Payne tonight, Jan. 10.
photo Chuck Payne is a candidate for the Georgia state senate District 54.

photo Debby Peppers is a candidate for the Georgia state senate District 54.

With some ballots still being tallied, Debby Peppers conceded a Georgia state senate runoff to Chuck Payne tonight.

Payne, a Republican, has about 65 percent of 6,700 votes cast in the race, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's site.

"I'm grateful to all those who voted for me in a race which I knew would be an uphill battle," Peppers said in a statement. "I deeply appreciate my numerous volunteers and their tireless efforts. I'm grateful our campaign exceeded all expectations."

Peppers,