William Keating is one step closer to returning to Capitol Hill in Washington. Sam Sutter is headed back to the District Attorney's office on Purchase Street.

Keating soundly defeated Sutter in the 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary on Thursday. The margin was more than 9,000 votes.

Sutter swept the Southcoast, including New Bedford and Fall River, but couldn't match Keating's vote totals on Cape Cod and South Shore.

Keating now faces the general election, but it's clear, he'd like to get the campaign over with.

Keatings says he'll make job creation a priority should he be re-elected in november.

Sutter conceded to Keating just after 9pm Thursday night, when Sutter saw vote tallies coming in from the Cape. The Bristol County D.A. says he knows where his campaign fell short.

Sutter tells WBSM News he promised to seek only two terms as District Attorney, and, for now,  does not intend on running after his second term expires in 2015.

Sutter has endorsed Congressman Keating as he now campaigns against the GOP challenger. As of late Thursday night, Keating's Republican opponent was still up in the air. Adam Chaprales held a slight lead over Christopher Sheldon, but the Associated Press said the race was too close to call.