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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Teresa Sarnoff has conceded the race for Miami’s District 2 commission seat to her opponent Ken Russell.

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According to our news partners The Miami Herald, the wife of Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was going to fight Russell for her husband’s commission seat until a runoff election on Nov. 17th.

The election was triggered when no one had won more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

A letter issued by her on Thursday she said instead she plans to throw her support behind Russell “to avoid a runoff ” and the “cost of a two week sprint that tears apart the community.”

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She said her campaign remains “well-funded” but she made the choice to “do something different” that she hopes will set a precedent.

“I have made the choice to finish the election with a socially conscious campaign,” she wrote.

While she is conceding, she says she is not officially withdrawing from the race since she does not want to open the door for third place finisher Grace Solares.

Solares issued a statement on Sarnoff’s move, applauding her “for recognizing that it’s time for our community to come together.”

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Meantime, the election results will not be certified until Friday.