mack_bernard.jpegTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A Florida appeals court is upholding a narrow 17-vote win in a state Senate race in Palm Beach County.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday sided with State Rep. Jeff Clemens who edged fellow House member Mack Bernard in the August primary.

Bernard challenged the county canvassing board's refusal to count 40 absentee ballots because they contained voter signatures that did not match those on record.

Bernard's attorneys wanted to look at other information to make sure voters were not disenfranchised. The appeals court, however, said that state law clearly limits the ability of the court to consider other evidence.

Bernard told The Palm Beach Post that he was conceding the race and would not appeal the decision.

Clemens faces a write-in candidate in November.

*Pictured above is Mack Bernard