While Republicans notched a long list of upsets in last week’s election, one of the more surprising and notable victories was that of the virtually unknown, conservative truck driver who managed to knock a 20-year, powerful Democrat out of state office.
But that Democrat, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, doesn’t appear to be even close to willing to concede to his Republican underdog opponent, even though the race was called by virtually every major outlet, as Sweeney believes some 12,000 uncounted ballots could be the key to his victory, the Washington Examiner reports.
Sweeney, who is verging on gaining “sore loser” status, issued a fiery statement to a local newspaper outlet, explaining why he has yet to concede to his Republican opponent, Edward Durr.
“The results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in, for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county,” Sweeney wrote, failing to identify the mystery county with all of the supposed mystery votes.
He added: “While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted. Our voters deserve that, and we will wait for the final results.”
The Associated Press formally called the race on Thursday morning, noting that some 2,000 votes separated the two candidates, resulting in Durr’s 51.8% to Sweeney’s 48.2% of the vote.
Democrats were presumably especially concerned at the voter backlash against Sweeney, as the New Jersey Democrat has held his seat for some 20 years, and has served as the state’s Senate president since 2010.
For a political unknown — a conservative at that — to oust him from office, is yet another clear signal from the American voter that they’re sick and tired of the failed policies pushed by Democrats at all levels, including local, state, and federal.
Durr believes he was able to capture the win based on New Jersey Democrats’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially early on, when they closed businesses and put livelihoods at stake in the name of “following the science,” which proved overall to be a poor and disruptive strategy.