• What It's Like to Lose the Presidency

    In case you were wondering

    It was 11:30 p.m., and Romney field teams in Ohio, Virginia and Florida called in, saying the race was too close for the candidate to give up. At least four planes were ready to go, and aides had bags packed for recount battles in narrowly divided states. Bob White, a close Romney friend and adviser, was prepared to tell the waiting crowd that Mr. Romney would not yet concede.

    But then, Mr. Romney quietly decided it was over. "It's not going to happen," he said.

    As Ann Romney cried softly, he headed down to deliver his speech, ending his second, and presumably last, bid for the White House. Four decades earlier, his father and inspiration, George Romney, a former Michigan governor failed in his own such quest.

    Maybe those of you who have also spent the better part of a decade single-mindedly working to fulfill your father's dream of becoming the first-ever Mormon president of the United States just to watch it all slip through your fingers over the course of a few hours can jump into the comments and let us know if this is at all what your experience was like.

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