Can I ask why is it so important in an election that the loser concedes? Elections are nothing but contests to come up with a winner. I think of all the other contests I can think of and no where do losers have to give a concession speech. If I run for office and win the most votes I know I am the winner I do not need the loser to tell me I won and congratulate me. All winner know just like losers know. Having losers give a speech changes nothing, even to the point that the loser might feel or believed they were cheated out of victory.