Pasch concedes after long night
The WTMJ News Team
Tom Murray reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
BROWN DEER - After failing to unseat River Hills Republican incumbent Senator Alberta Darling in a recall election, Whitefish Bay Democratic State Representative Sandy Pasch called to make a private concession on the phone to Darling at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Darling confirmed that call coming to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards.
She did not make a public concession speech early Wednesday morning, but her campaign said this in a statement:
""We fell short of our desired result-but tonight was a victory nonetheless.
A grassroots coalition sparked by hundreds of impassioned community members worked countless hours on behalf of a belief in Wisconsin as not just a place, but as an idea worthy of preserving. "
Her staff says she left her election party before the results came in.
A crowd at Pasch's post-election party was so big at the Sheraton Hotel in Brown Deer that they had to close the parking lot.
When Pasch appeared before supporters, she spoke for less than two minutes, insisting at the time she still had hope for a victory.
"As far as this race, the returns are still coming in across the district, and it's really too close to call at this point, and I really don't have a statement to make, yet," said Pasch before the results came in.
"However, I want you to stay and have fun and just have a wonderful time and celebrate all the effort and the energy and the passion that we've put into the last few months."
But there would be no victory speech.
Hours after she left the stage, Pasch decided the margin was too great to overcome.
Some in the Democratic Party may have wanted to continue the fight in the legal arena, but the prevailing voices spoke, and Pasch has apparently conceded to Darling.