The St. Pete Times, 8/24/2010:
The Associated Press called the race for (Rick) Scott just before 11 p.m. McCollum initially held out, waiting for the final tally and telling supporters to be patient.
At 12:34 a.m. today in an e-mailed news release, he admitted defeat. "The votes today have been tallied and I accept the voters' decision," he said, calling the primary "one for the ages.''
His concession carried with it the same pugnacious tone that marked the bare-knuckled race.
"No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multimillionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida,'' he said.
Froggers, it appears Bill McCollum has left the building.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Bill.