John James agrees to Michigan Senate competition, congratulates Senator Gary Peters on re-election

Republican insurgent John James accepted his Senate campaign on Tuesday night and congratulated Democrat Gary Peters on winning his second term as Michigan’s junior senator.

“Today, I think it’s right to congratulate Senator Peters,” James, a military veteran, said in a video posted on Twitter. “Senator, you may not remember this, but you and I actually shared a glass of Scot at a Pistons game a few years ago. So a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label is coming soon in the spirit of the holidays.”

James ’offer to leave Peters was one of the most watched Senate races in the country during the 2020 election cycle. The businessman and the Iraq war veteran were close to defeating the Democrat of all time and being the first Republican to be elected to one of Michigan’s Senate deputies in more than two decades.


While the contest was kept too close to the November 3 call, Peters eventually secured a winning margin of roughly 92,000 votes. Peters announced the victory on November 5th.

The James campaign refused to let the competition in and stood up with President Trump’s legal team to raise questions about voting irregularities in Wayne County, Michigan. James called for a delay in verifying Michigan’s vote until the audit is conducted.

However, Michigan State Council officials confirmed the election results in a 3 to 0 vote earlier this week that effectively addressed the challenges of both the Trump and James campaigns.

In his concession message, James thanked board member Norman Shinkle, a Republican member, for abstaining from the vote and calling for a reworking of Michigan’s electoral processes.


“The election results were confirmed yesterday, and I’m glad that under the leadership of Norm Shinkle, the Bar Association has asked the legislature to look at the election law from the top down, but it’s too late for me,” James said.

The U.S. Senate’s scrutiny depends on the outcome of the two-seat races in Georgia. The Democratic Party can reach a 50-50 draw with victories in both races.

“Michigan, the battle for the Senate chair in 2020 is over, but the battle for the future of this great country will never end, and I will never retreat from this battlefield, and neither should you,” James added.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.