John James, the Republican challenger to Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, has conceded his race after the state certified election results on Wednesday.
James, a Detroit businessman and U.S. Army veteran, had sought to become the state's first African-American senator. In the weeks after the election, he had been very vocal about election irregularities in the state and had postponed conceding to Peters. The latter had roughly a 90,000 lead out of 5.5 million votes.
In a public video, James said he will continue to work to see allegations of election fraud brought to light and looks forward to legislature doing a full review of the vote, but believed the time to concede had come.
"While I look forward to efforts to secure franchise and integrity of our elections in the near future, today I believe it's the right thing for me to do to congratulate Senator Peters," he said.
James also said he has given more than $1 million of his remaining campaign funds to charity.
After confirming his commitment to "the battle for the future of this great country," James cited several biblical references from 2 Chronicles 20:15, Ephesians 6:12, and 2 Corinthians 12:9 in his response to voters.
"As we continue to fight for our Republic, please remember two things: that the battle is not ours, but the Lord's, and the enemy is not our fellow Americans, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms," he said. "God's grace is sufficient. I will continue to praise him, not based upon how good I feel, but because of how great He is. He is worthy to be praised, and I will never give up on Michigan, because Jesus never gave up on me."