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Politico: Trump Holding Out Election Night Would Not Be That Suspenseful

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By    |   Friday, 21 Oct 2016 10:28 AM

The brouhaha surrounding Donald Trump's pledge to keep the country in suspense on election night if he were to lose is big on bluster but short on relevance, Politico reported.

After all, the election doesn't end when polls close; it's over when all the votes are counted and certified.

The real problem, Politico reported, is if an election-loser Trump dug in and disputed the certified results and vowed to fight the outcome. That would be unprecedented and would promise to get ugly.

Politico documents two times in American history when election results got dicey — the still-fresh-on-our-mind election of 2000 and the lesser-known 1876 election.

The lesson from Al Gore's concession in 2000 actually backs up Trump's insistence on waiting.

"What hindsight shows is that he was much too hasty in his desire to concede on Election Night itself. He disserved the public, as well as himself, by hurriedly calling (George) Bush and then calling back," Edward Foley writes for Politico.

"It started the whole recount process off on the wrong foot, creating the impression that there had been a victory that had been taken away, rather than what really was happening, which was that the official counting process had hardly begun and was not yet capable of providing even a preliminary assessment of who would be the eventual winner."

Gore subsequently conceded 36 days later.

And a prolonged disputed result is the only scary scenario for this upcoming election, not whether a would-be loser Trump makes a phone call on election night.

"The lesson of our own history is that the republic is not at risk if the appropriate concession is forthcoming at that point," Foley writes.

"On the other hand, if the official and final certification of the results comes and goes without the closure of a concession, or its functional equivalent from a wide array of party leaders on the losing side, then that would be the time to worry."

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The brouhaha surrounding Donald Trump's pledge to keep the country in suspense on election night if he were to lose is big on bluster but short on relevance, Politico reported.
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