James concedes to Peters 

    GOP Senate nominee John James (left) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) (right) | Getty Images and Andrew Roth

    John James, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, on Tuesday conceded to incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) It came three weeks after Election Day. 

    In a post on his Twitter page, James, a Farmington Hills business owner, said it was time for him to congratulate Peters on his victory. James also said he would be sending Peters a bottle of scotch — the same brand the two had shared at a Detroit Pistons game previously. Peters won reelection by 92,355 votes. 

    “The 2020 battle for this Senate seat is over,” James said. “As we continue to fight for our republic, remember the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s. And our enemy is not our fellow Americans.”

    James had created a joint legal fund with the Republican National Committee earlier this month that signaled that he would challenge election results. After the State Board of Canvassers certified the Michigan presidential election, Peters tweeted on Monday that his win had been confirmed.   

    “Michiganders made their voices heard in a secure and fair election,” Peters said. “The certification of these results upholds the will of voters in all 83 counties. “The election is over. It’s time to move forward and come together to address the pressing challenges we’re facing.”

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.