Dennis Richardson dances, refuses to concede

Richardson said regardless of the election results, he would sleep well

Dennis Richardson dances Nov 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Dennis Richardson dances Nov 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Usually, it’s not over until the fat lady sings.

But in Oregon, apparently, it’s not over until the skinny man stops dancing.

“I plan on staying until the last ballot is counted, or at least we know that there’s not a chance I’m going to take this back,” said gubernatorial hopeful Dennis Richardson.

“This is neither an ‘I’m glad I won’ speech or an ‘I’m sorry I lost speech,'” Richardson said to his supporters.

Throughout the night, he danced, enjoyed his party and celebrated the election.

Dennis Richardson addresses his supporters November 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Dennis Richardson addresses his supporters November 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)

“If John Kitzhaber wins, I wish him well and hope he does a good job,” said Richardson. “We’re going to continue to party.”

“This is a time of celebration, this is a time of election.” He called Kitzhaber’s victory speech “premature.”

Final numbers had not been tallied in Clackamas County, and those 35,000 remaining votes could be flipped in his favor, Richardson said.

“I believe that the final votes are going to be cutting in my direction,” he said.

Dennis Richardson at his campaign celebration November 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Dennis Richardson at his campaign celebration November 4, 2014. (KOIN 6)

Richardson said regardless of the election results, he would sleep well. He and his wife plan to remain in public service, he said.

 I remember back when Truman ran, and he held up the newspaper that said ‘Dewey wins,’ Harry Truman had won. So let’s wait and see what Clackamas County does

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