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Concessions complicated in contentious campaigns

(CNN) – Dealt a thorough thumping on election night thirty years ago, George McGovern didn’t pick up the phone to concede the race to Richard Nixon – instead, the South Dakota senator sent the incumbent president a telegram. The cordial concession call is as much political tradition as it is campaign stagecraft, a pleasantry otherwise sparse in campaigns, such as this Florida’s contest, rated the most negative ever in a campaign advertisement analysis. But on Tuesday night, the call for Florida victor Mitt Romney didn’t come, at least from one candidate. Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker “The other candidates all called, but I guess Speaker Gingrich doesn’t have our phone number,” Romney said of former House speaker Newt Gingrich on NBC’s “Today.” But whether the two need exchange numbers or not, the lack of a concession highlights that no love is lost between the rivals, whose campaigns and supporters have paid hefty sums and unleashed a barrage of negativity in ads, debates, and on the stump. A...
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