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Run for Elected Office—and Win by Jana M. Kemp

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Lose

Congratulations may still be in order. Mostly, though, it feels rotten to lose. All of your hard work didn't earn the votes you needed to win. You, your family, and your volunteers are tired and let down. (If the real reason you ran was to make a point, not to win, then you finished the race where you predicted you would.)

Strangely, when you lose, people are more likely to ask, “Are you going to run again?” My only explanation for this is that when you win, people expect and even assume that you will run again. When you lose, people seem to wonder whether you'll try again and ask the question out loud. It means that you are reminded on ...

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