Democrat Terry McAuliffe declined to formally concede defeat within the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday night time, regardless of trailing Republican Glenn Youngkin by greater than 100,000 votes with most precincts reported.
“We nonetheless acquired plenty of votes to rely, we acquired about 18 p.c of the vote out, so we’re gonna proceed to rely the votes as a result of each single Virginian deserves to have their vote counted,” McAuliffe informed cheering supporters within the suburban outpost of Tysons Nook, at round 10:20 p.m.
Moments later, McAuliffe tweeted a press release that echoed his earlier remarks.
Of us, not the whole lot is counted and we’re nonetheless ready for lots of votes to return in. And we need to guarantee each Virginians’ voice is heard.
“To all my supporters throughout Virginia who knocked doorways, made cellphone calls, and talked to their neighbors: I’m eternally grateful.”
“We all know that the long run path of Virginia is towards inclusion and openness and tolerance. We are able to and can by no means cease preventing for these values that we consider in.”
Youngkin’s lead shrank as closely Democratic counties in northern Virginia reported excellent votes, however in the end McAuliffe couldn’t make up sufficient floor to overhaul his opponent.
A number of information shops referred to as the race for Youngkin shortly earlier than 1 a.m. Wednesday and the Republican candidate delivered a victory speech moments later. Nonetheless, there was nonetheless no direct admission from McAuliffe that he had misplaced.
Earlier within the night, the previous Virginia governor had tamped down expectations for his supporters in a short, sober message.
CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny tweeted because the votes had been being counted that McAuliffe, who had opted to look at the returns at residence somewhat than at his Election Night time get together — informed his backers: “When the outcomes of this election are available in — win or lose — we will relaxation assured that we did the whole lot we will to create the long run that we would like.”
The borderline-consoling message raised eyebrows on social media.
“McAuliffe lastly makes a wise marketing campaign determination by avoiding his donors on election night time,” tweeted former Mike Pence marketing campaign spokesman Jon Thompson.
“Actually not what you do if you happen to suppose you’re going to win,” tweeted liberal lawyer Ethan Bearman.
As outcomes poured in displaying Youngkin taking a transparent lead within the commonwealth, the McAuliffe marketing campaign stored a low profile. At one level throughout NBC Information’ protection, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd famous, “we’ve had just a few McAuliffe surrogates that we anticipated to be on our air that instantly aren’t obtainable.”
McAuliffe had a tumultuous relationship with the media throughout his marketing campaign. On Oct. 19, he minimize brief a sitdown with WJLA-TV and upbraided the reporter by saying: “You must have requested higher questions early on.”
The previous head of the Democratic Nationwide Committee additionally has a historical past of not admitting defeat. McAuliffe gained notoriety on the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston when he informed delegates: “We truly gained the final presidential election, people. They stole the final presidential election.”
When confronted with that declare throughout an interview with a Virginia TV station final month, McAuliffe refused to say whether or not George W. Bush had been “legitimately elected” president in 2000, saying solely: “He acquired sworn in. When you’re sworn in, we’ve gotta transfer on.”