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Kennedy tops Quinn in $3 million race

Republican Jack F. Quinn III conceded victory to his Democratic opponent for the State Senate -- Timothy M. Kennedy -- at around midnight this morning, ending one of the most brutal state legislative battles in recent history.

Quinn, now an outgoing assemblyman, gave credit to Kennedy for a hard fought race, and estimated the two knocked on about 40,000 doors during the campaign. But he said he may not yet be done with politics.

"This is not the end of Jack Quinn," he said.

What may mark this race as one for the history books, however, is the fast amount of money spent by the two campaigns, the two Senate campaign committees, and outside groups.

"I think it will end up being around $3 million," he said.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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