Ohio GOP candidate accidentally concedes race in email

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Republican candidate Derek Myers’ campaign in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District has suffered a series of embarrassing mistakes, including accidentally sending out a concession email hours before the end of Tuesday’s primary.

“Tonight did not live up to expectations,” lamented an email from Myers’ campaign office sent to media outlets around 3pm ET on Tuesday.

Meyers said “from a private observation group in Chillicothe” that he looks forward to uniting behind “the next members of Congress” to reelect President Trump to the White House and oust President Biden. Voting in Ohio ends at 7:30 PM ET.

“Listen, I’m in my 30s, and like I told everyone in this campaign, ‘It’s okay if I don’t win this race!’ If you live your life,” he said. “I look forward to staying in the Ohio political scene and working with all Republicans to make Ohio great again.”

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Derek Myers is running for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. His team accidentally sent an email conceding the race just hours before voting closed. (Facebook/Derek Myers)

Less than 10 minutes later, Myers’ campaign office sent a follow-up email confirming that the earlier email had been “an error due to a technical issue.”

The second email said, “Please ignore this email. Thank you.”

About 30 minutes later, Myers sent another email explaining in more detail what happened.

The email was sent with the modest headline: “You want to know what happened, right?”

Meyers explained that his campaign had two emails prepared for the evening. “One letter was a declaration of victory, and the other was a concession to the election.”

“The concession email was sent in error when it was loaded as a draft into a media distribution portal in preparation for a loss,” Myers said, adding that someone accidentally pressed the “Send Now” button instead of “Draft.” He added that it might be the case. ”

But that’s not all. He went on to explain that the winning email has also been drafted, a common practice for his team in communication, so they can be prepared “especially on a helpless night like this.”

Not surprisingly, his campaign told Fox News Digital that what he meant was “important.”

Morning light shines into the Ohio primary election day polling place at Knox Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Republican candidates vying for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District sent an email conceding before the race ended Tuesday, then mistakenly replaced the word “ineffective” with “important” in a follow-up email. A series of unfortunate mistakes were made. (AP Photo/Carolyn Custer)

“This is simply a good strategy. Whatever the result tonight, I will be grateful for this trip. And yes, the media will receive a release declaring victory or concession some time after the result. Thank you,” Myers concluded.

Meyers then appeared to poke fun at the apparent typo on Twitter.

“If this whole politics thing doesn’t work out, maybe you could get hired as a spokesperson like Bob Dole?” Meyers tweeted about the former Kansas senator and presidential candidate. The tweet included a 1998 Viagra commercial starring Dole.

Myers declared that “nothing is wrong with that department yet,” adding the hashtags #InMyThirties, #Impotent, #Spellcheck and #AlwaysSpellCheck.


Myers is competing in a crowded 11-person Republican primary for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District following Rep. Brad Wenstrup’s decision to retire.

The winner of the Republican primary in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District is likely to win the general election in November.