Video: John James Concedes, Says He'll Send Bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue to Sen. Peters

November 24, 2020, 8:33 PM by  Allan Lengel

John James: "I will never retire from that battlefield."

Republican Senate challenger John James contested the outcome of the 2020 election, just like President Trump. But unlike the president he conceded Tuesday night to Sen. Gary Peters, who won by more than 90,000 votes.

"Michigan, the 2020 battle for this Senate seat is over. But the battle for the future of this great country will never be over, and I will never retire from that battlefield, ever, and neither should you," James, a military veteran, says in a two-minute-plus video on Twitter.

The concession comes one day after the Michigan Board of Canvassers certified the election.

In his video, he adds:

"Senator, you may not remember this, but you and I shared a scotch at a Pistons game a few years back. So, in the spirit of the holidays, Senator, there’s a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label coming your way soon." The blended Scotch costs about $160 for the smallest bottle.

"Congratulations, sir. I wish you and your family good health and safety this season and in the New Year."

After he lost in the Nov. 3 election, he called for an investigation, suggesting he was cheated out of victory by disturbing irregularities, though he provided no real specifics.

It was his second defeat in his bid for a Senate seat in two years. He lost to Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018. 

In his concession statement, he said he was glad that Republican Norm Shinkle of the state Board of Canvassers called for the board to ask the Legislature to review state election procedures to improve them.

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