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Stephen L. Carter

Concession Speeches Are the Grace Note America Needs Now

In a close election, it’s natural to call for a new vote tally, but the results are not necessarily more accurate.

A thankless task.

A thankless task.

Photographer: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

My favorite part of election night was the concession speeches — particularly in races that may have been close enough to justify a recount.