The results are in, Sharpton announces victory
Metro - 06/27/03
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Al Sharpton
declared himself the winner of Move-on.org’s hard-fought
presidential primary -- and by extension, the Move-on.org
Democratic endorsement -- and said Friday morning that
he will begin immediately "preparing to serve"
as the Democrat’s great hope for the 2004 Presidential
Saying that he was "honored and
humbled" by his win in the Move-On.org Primary,
Sharpton called upon Democrat Howard Dean to reconsider
his decision to contest the outcome.
"The election was close, but today
after a count, a recount and yet another manual recount,
I am honored and humbled to have slapped your donkey
in the Move-on Primary, which gives me the needed legitimacy
to dictate our mandate for the Democratic party,"
Sharpton said from his New York City taxicab/campaign
"I will therefore undertake the
responsibility of preparing to serve as the Democrat’s
next Presidential candidate."
He added that the Move-on battle had
been "a healthy contest for American democracy.
And now that the votes are counted, it is time for the
votes to count."
Sharpton’s address came just
two hours after Move-On President said Wes Boyd announced
that the final tally showed Sharpton won with 271votes
compared with 266 for Howard Dean -- a margin of just
Dean’s aides said he would address
the nation at tomorrow to explain why he would not concede.
Speaking on Dean’s behalf Sunday evening, before
Sharpton ’s address, Democratic also-ran Dennis
Kucinich called the vote tally "incomplete and
inaccurate" and said that Dean has no choice but
to contest it.
"We have an opportunity
here and we have a responsibility to ensure that this
election lifts up our democracy and respects every voter
and every vote, no matter what the outcome," Dean
said. "And that is precisely what I will seek to
do in the days ahead."
Sharpton has agreed to withdraw his claim to victory
and challenged Howard Dean to a "best of three"
competition. So far, Gov. Dean has refused to concede
even the first one. Rev. Sharpton says his "lawyers
are looking into the matter."