Matt Caldwell should ‘concede’ ASAP

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Just a few days ago, Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Matt Caldwell told Florida Politics that he had “zero interest in winning this election on a legal loophole.”

If what the former lawmaker from North Fort Myers said remains true, it is now time for him to do the honorable thing and concede the race to Democrat Nikki Fried.

The votes of over 8 million Floridians were cast, and counted, and counted again, and — just for good measure — counted one last time. Fried has led by more than 5,000 votes each time and the final numbers to be certified have her up over 7,000 votes.

Andrew Gillum conceded in the gubernatorial race — twice. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson seems to be on the precipice of doing so,has also conceded and likely would have done so already if he didn’t have a phalanx of DSCC lawyers telling him to hold on.

Caldwell needs to remember what he himself said: “Whoever serves as the next Agriculture Commissioner, whether it’s myself or my opponent, should look forward over the next four years without a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the office.”

He can do so by picking up the phone and calling Commissioner-elect Fried, followed by making a public statement that shows graciousness to his former opponent, respect for the office he sought, our democratic process at work — and his own words.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.


  • Timothy

    November 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Then I hope you would write an almost identical article immediately asking for the even more “overdue” concession from Sen Nelson who trails by around twice the votes.

    • Jagdar

      November 18, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Nelson has conceded.

  • Zakrey Bissell

    November 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    He might call to concede to Nikki Fried tomorrow just like Andrew Gillum did yesterday, Bill Nelson did today and possibility Matt Caldwell Tomorrow.

  • Bruh

    November 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Caldwell won’t concede now that the democrats have. More double standard nonsense from the republicans. Kinda like deficit spending

  • Michael Waldron

    November 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Only in Florida. A commissioner with zero agriculture in her DNA, wins the cabinet seat for agriculture. God save our farmers.

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