‘Please disregard;’ Ohio GOP candidate accidentally concedes hours before polls close

COLUMBUS — An Ohio congressional candidate accidentally sent an email conceding his race hours before polls closed.

Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. Republican Derek Myers, one of 11 candidates in Ohio’s March 19 primary, sent out a message that said, “Tonight did not go as we had hoped, but as we know, this race is decided in the primary. I want to give my congratulations to the Congressman-Elect.”

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Minutes later, Myers sent an email asking the media to disregard the statement.

Another email was sent clarifying what happened.

“Two emails were prepared for this evening: one declaring a victory and one conceding the race. The concession email was sent in error as it was being loaded into the media distribution portal, as a draft, in the event of a loss. Accidentally, the ‘send now’ button we clicked instead of ‘draft.’” Myers said.

He officially conceded around 9 p.m.

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