'It' not going to happen': Emotional moment when Romney gracefully admitted defeat
The 2012 U.S. presidential election was brutal and bitter, with both candidates' expressing their 'fierce desire' to win throughout the campaign.
But when it became clear that the race was over and Barack Obama had won, Mitt Romney accepted his defeat with grace, refusing to allow his staff to contest the results in key swing states.
Republican aides were about to send four planes to oversee recount efforts in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, but Romney stopped them, saying: "It' not going to happen."
According to the Daily Mail, the news comes as it has been revealed that the Romney campaign has conceded defeat in Florida, where counting continued, giving Obama a total of 332 Electoral College votes to Romney's 206.
But despite his landslide loss, Romney staff accidentally released the victory website which had been made in anticipation of promoting his role as 'President-elect', the report said.
The day after Romney's, his 'body man' Garrett Jackson posted a picture of him enjoying his 'last peanut butter and honey sandwich aboard Air Romney'.