Why It’s Ridiculous that Ignacio De La Fuente Won’t Concede Defeat

Oakland Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente was trounced in Tuesday’s election by Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan by more than 20 percentage points. It was a landslide victory for Kaplan in the city’s At-Large council race, and yet De La Fuente is still refusing to concede defeat — or to congratulate Kaplan for her hard-fought win. De La Fuente apparently is holding out hope that the ballots yet to be counted will provide him with a miracle come-from-behind victory. But such hopes are statistically impossible. In fact, this may be the first time in Oakland history that a candidate behind by 20 points is refusing to concede.

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