Guardian elected new mayor of A.C., defeats incumbent Langford

November 7, 2013

Lynda Cohen | November 5, 2013 | Press of Atlantic City

Atlantic City has a new mayor.

“With that, it’s over,” Mayor Lorenzo Langford said as he prepared to concede the race when he saw Republican challenger Don Guardian’s lead was too much to overcome with two districts still out.

Unofficial results from the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office showed Guardian with 3,066 votes to 2,904 for Langford, with all 21 districts reporting. John W. McQueen Jr. had 145 votes.

“It’s very humbling,” said Guardian, who admitted he worried down to the last few districts as the numbers came in for the tight race.

“Sometimes David beats Goliath,” the mayor-elect told supporters who crowded into the Tun Tavern to hear him claim victory. He joked about writing three speeches, including a concession speech and one if the race were “too close to call.”

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