Republican John James concedes Senate race 3 weeks after election

John James and Gary Peters
John James and Gary Peters(WILX)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:56 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James conceded the race to Sen. Gary Peters on Thursday evening, more than three weeks after Election Day.

James posted his concession speech on social media a day after the Michigan Board of Canvassers certified the state’s election results, which show Peters won re-election by about 92,000 votes.

Like President Donald Trump, the James campaign unsuccessfully sought a delay in certifying Wayne County’s election results over allegations of vote totals that don’t balance.

“While I look forward to participating in efforts to secure the franchise and integrity of our elections in the near future, today I believe it’s the right thing to do to congratulate Senator Peters,” James said in his message Tuesday evening.

James added that he donated more than $1 million from his campaign fund to help homeless shelters, soup kitchens, veterans and victims of domestic violence. He called the donations an unprecedented move and said more money is on the way.

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