In contested elections at least one candidate will lose.
The defeated candidate(s) will have a rough night and next few days.
“What if I had done this differently?”
“Could I have picked up votes, if I didn’t do that?”
Not only the winners, but those who lose deserve our gratitude.
Just as you thank a veteran or a police or fire official for his or her service, thank losing candidates for running.
I’ve lost four races: for State Representative, Congress and State Comptroller, as a Republican, and Governor, running as a Libertarian.
Losing an election one has put one’s heart and soul in hurts.
It’s not as bad as getting divorced, but it’s bad.
My experience is that it takes about six months to recover.
It is my belief that every candidate should have an opponent.Such contests increase the contact that an incumbent has with his or her constituents and, when a challenger wins, the contacts made during a campaign influence future service.
And losing candidates often surface issues that others take on.
Take my Term Limits for Legislative Leaders issue from 2002.
Others have picked up on that.
So, thank the losers for their part in making democracy work.