August 25th, 2010
09:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Hayworth, McCollum offer tepid concessions

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth offered a lukewarm concession speech after losing his Senate primary battle to Sen. John McCain.
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth offered a lukewarm concession speech after losing his Senate primary battle to Sen. John McCain.

(CNN) - After J.D. Hayworth's bid for the Senate in Arizona and Bill McCollum's bid for the governor's mansion in Florida each came to an unsatisfying end, the two candidates offered lukewarm concessions that highlight how divisive each race had become.

McCollum, Florida's attorney general and the GOP establishment's pick who lost to former insurance executive Rick Scott in Florida, conceded the race at almost 1 a.m. via a press release.

"No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multimillionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida," McCollum said.

"While I was disappointed with the negative tone of the race, I couldn't be more proud of our campaign and our supporters for fighting back against false and misleading advertising when we were down by double-digits," he added.

In Arizona, Hayworth, a former congressman and conservative talk radio host, was handed a 25-point loss by Sen. John McCain, who spent more than $20 million to defend his seat. In his concession speech, he offered a call to move forward, albeit unhappily.

"And now the people of Arizona, conservatives and Republicans apparently believe our senior senator [McCain] will move to secure the border," Hayworth said to jeers from his supporters. "Let's understand we need to move forward, the time for derision in the campaign is beyond us."

Hayworth said that "without sarcasm or derision or delusion…Our fellow Arizonans do believe the incumbent will be a better custodian of their goals and desires, and we earnestly hope that will be the case."

McCain will face off against former Tucson vice-mayor Rodney Glassman, who secured the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night. Scott will face Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in the general election.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Bill McCollum • Florida • J.D. Hayworth
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. welches, oregon

    so much for voting out all the incumbents, huh CNN?

    August 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Sunshine

    What was unfortunate for Arizona were the two clowns running for Senator. It really saddened me that McCain won even though I voted for niether candidate. When will Arizonans wake up?

    August 25, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    McCollum is a misleading crybaby! He thought the people of Florida couldn't see that his political ads were misleading because they had just a minute bit of truth sprinkled in. Floridians are smarter than McCollum thought and were insulted. That's why he lost to a crook.

    August 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – it is strange what the RepubliCAN'Ts are trying to put in office???? McCain??? Rick Scott???? (whew), Quayle???

    The races in November will be very interesting!!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. gt

    to bad so sad ....get over it you lost...

    August 25, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. SAY WHAT...

    man this j.d. hayworth looks like an SS officer of the nazi party...thank God this fool lost...

    August 25, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Dave

    McCain has flip-flopped more on immigration than John Kerry ever Flip-Flopped. I am beginning to feel bad for our country if the repubs take over

    August 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. annie s

    As a current Florida resident, this just confirms what I already knew – the voters in this state are backward thinking and uninformed. The person responsible for a huge Medicare fraud scheme may become our next Governor? Heaven help us.

    August 25, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Georgia, Joe

    Let's hope the majority of voters in Florida don't succumb to the attempt of Scott to buy the Governor's office with millions of dollars of his own money. He may be rich, but he is dishonest and ran one of the biggest Medicare and Medicaid frauds in history.

    August 25, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. ABM

    Far right = EPIC FAIL!!!!!

    Goodbye and thank you for wasting our time.

    August 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Not much to chooser from. Two of the worst pitted against each other. Regardless of who won AZ lost.

    August 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. An American Patriot

    McCollum is just sour grapes. Now that corporations can spend hunderds of millions, even billions on campaigns, money can buy anything. If it wasn't for business, we wouln't have any food to put on our table or presents to put under our Christmas tree. America is just so great. No wonder everyone in the world, including terrorists, want to come here.

    August 25, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Rush Goebbels

    Too bad J.D.now get back to work on spewing Rush talking points on AM radio,for all the pinheads that listen to you.You have proven to the world there is a missing link,and its you.

    August 25, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Steve (the real one) in Arizona

    Now, JD, please just go away. Your brand of Neanderthal politics is getting tiresome. You were a lousy sportscaster, too.

    August 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Good job Florida...What were you thinking?

    August 25, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Jack

    Be a man and give a graceful concession speech!

    August 25, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. hillcrester

    Who gives a damn? They're all losers in my book.

    August 25, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Keith

    Politicians suck. Plain and simple. All of them, Democrat and Republican, promise one thing and they more than always, do another.

    August 25, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |