Even after the mainstream media acknowledged that he lost, Democratic New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney won’t admit it.
Sweeney, who served in the state Senate for roughly two decades, failed to win re-election to his seat, The Associated Press said Thursday. He was defeated by Republican Edward Durr, a furniture company truck driver.
But Sweeney has refused to concede the race.
In a statement to Politico after the AP called the race, Sweeney claimed election results were still coming in it, and that 12,000 ballots has recently been “found.”
“The results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in, for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county,” Sweeney said.
“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.”
According to Fox News, his campaign didn’t seem all that interested in providing further details.
“Sweeney’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter, specifically on identifying which South Jersey county recently found the ballots,” the outlet reported.
Durr has emphasized his desire to be a “voice” for the people.
“I want this job. I don’t want all the fame, but I want this job,” he told WCBS-TV. “I want to be the voice. I want to be somebody who can speak for the people. Because, one, I got a big mouth, so I like to make myself heard.”
One Democratic strategist said that Durr’s win shocked the New Jersey political world.
“Anyone who said they saw this coming is lying. Even Sweeney’s opponent didn’t see this coming,” Joshua Henn told WCBS.
Sweeney appears to agree.
“I joked with people and I said, ‘I’m going to shock the world, I’m going to beat this man,’” he told NJ.com. “I was saying it, but really kind of joking. Because what chance did a person like me really stand against this man? He’s literally the second-most powerful person in the state of New Jersey.”