Mead Treadwell concedes defeat in Senate primary

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has conceded defeat in the Republican race for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

Treadwell addressed reporters at Election Central with supporters, including his children. His daughter, Natalie, wiped away tears.

Early returns showed Treadwell in third place, behind former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan and tea party favorite Joe Miller. They were vying to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who easily won his primary.

Treadwell said he didn’t see the results as a repudiation of his ideas as much as the way a race between two similar candidates — he and Sullivan — broke.