by Dan Gibson
The political tradition of conceding is a little strange to me, especially considering there's no particular consequence to conceding or not conceding. The vote-counting goes on regardless, so the standard "I called my opponent ..." bit ends up being the equivalent of the "good game" handshake at the end of a Little League game. We know who won and lost, but it just makes everyone feel better when there's the appearance of sportsmanship.
That all makes sense within the context of election night or even the next day ... but nearly a month later, why bother conceding if you haven't already? What difference does it make?
It apparently makes a difference to Ruth McClung, who sent out a press release today:
Congressional District 7 was a long shot, but with the help of my supporters, we were able to take a gerrymandered district, which had a 2 to 1 ratio (Democrat to Republican) in voter registration against me, and turn it into a competitive race. We did not win this particular election, but the battle was not lost! Victory was obtained in this campaign by showing the power of grass roots. When Americans come together, unified in a common goal, we become one of the most powerful forces on earth - E pluribus unum or out of many, one."
Despite the outcome of this race, I feel blessed that I have had the pleasure of working with all of you. We have built a strong unity and determination in this district that won't go away, one that will keep working to make America and Arizona prosperous and great! I am proud and humbled to have stood with you at a time when we are fighting for the future of our country. America is worth fighting for and I am not giving up!
Thank you so much for all that you have done to support me and my campaign- your prayers, money and time! Viva the People!