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by Sharon Rondeau

Dan Bongino conceded a tight congressional race to incumbent John Delaney on November 8

(Nov. 12, 2014) — On Twitter on Wednesday evening, Maryland congressional candidate and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said, “Sorry about the radio silence, just tying up some loose ends. Great news tomorrow, tune in. -Dan”

Bongino ran for the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s Sixth District against incumbent John Delaney in a very tight race which was not decided on Election Day.  Rather than conceding immediately after Delaney claimed victory, Bongino insisted on waiting until absentee ballots were counted.

Bongino had been leading on Election Day, although later on November 4, Delaney acquired a 2,000-vote lead over Bongino.  A Green Party candidate was also on the ballot.

Last Friday, Bongino conceded the race to Delaney after Delaney’s lead widened through the counting of the outstanding absentee ballots.

Bongino is author of “Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All,” which was published a year ago.  He was employed by the Secret Service during the George W. Bush presidency and Obama’s occupation of the White House after having worked for the New York Police Department.

On November 10, Bongino wrote an article published in “Conservative Review” which stated that he “chose to run an unapologetically Libertarian/Conservative campaign in Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District and, although I conceded the race, we are down to counting the remaining absentee ballots to determine just how close we came to pulling off an upset.”

Bongino contended that the Republican Party does not seek out candidates who do not “fit a certain mold.”

On November 8, the website rare.us wrote about the Bongino-Delaney race, “Many western Marylanders are fed up with liberal policies and the manipulation of the district boundaries to favor the Democratic Party. As a result, they let their voice be heard at the polls…Regardless of the final outcome, Dan Bongino’s strong showing shows that liberty is brewing in Maryland. The close race shocked the nation—but we’re not through yet. The fight for a free Maryland is just beginning.”

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