Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney conceded the 2012 election and congratulated victorious President Barack Obama in a brief speech early this morning.
The former Massachusetts governor ended his political career with kind words for his own family and Obama's, while advocating for the end of divisive partisanship:
Romney made 2012 a real race by closing strong in the last month, but Obama won four more years with a series of key wins in battleground states Tuesday evening.
In his concession speech, Romney seemed at peace with the outcome.
Gone was the often contentious tone of the campaign in his farewell, as he ended things on a classy note, praising Paul Ryan, his supporters and most of all, America.
Echoing a vision he voiced throughout his second bid for the White House, Romney said his concern for - and his faith in - our country and its people will never waver.
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