The Tucson Sentinel is reporting that Ruth McClung has finally conceded the CD 8 race to Raúl Grijalva. This comes weeks after it was obvious that the math had turned against her (which she’d understand, she’s a Rocket Scientist, in case you hadn’t heard) and long after she’d get anything resembling a decent press for being a gracious loser out of it (I’ll be flabergasted if anyone but the Sentinel says “boo” about this one, even the Weekly has been quiet).
Her concession comes the day after the canvass had been officially certified, and more than two weeks after final returns had been submitted to the Secretary of State.
Given this spirit, I’d like to officially concede the Democratic Primary to my opponents. Not this last primary, but the 2006 primary. I’m sure that Steve Farley and David Bradley will represent our party well against the Republicans.
Her concession statement is after the jump. My favorite bit is “Viva the people!”: enough Spanish to claim some sort of racial unity cred without using too much to scare the racists. Kind of like her campaign.
Ruth McClung: It’s official – I lost the AZ CD 7 race, but…
“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!”