After the U.S. map was fully colored in, polarized between the blue coasts and fringes on the one hand and the vast expanse of red in the middle on the other, after John Kerry gave his concession speech and blue voters started planning mourning parties, it didn’t take long for bloggers and pundits to examine tally sheets and find some alarming details. Unlike the 2000 elections, though, it took more than a week for 2004’s voting glitches and irregularities to really register on the mainstream media radar. By that time legions of Internet-basedwriters and theorists were already screaming “voter fraud” and calling for Kerry’s “unconcession.”
—Anna Kaplan, “Follow nonexistent the paper trail,” The Humanist, January 1, 2005
By those standards, the 2000 presidential election was over for about an hour early Wednesday morning — the interval between when Democratic nominee Al Gore called Republican George W. Bush to concede and when he hit redial and called in his unconcession.
—Ken Herman, “Under pressure from the right, Gore continues constitutional process,” Cox News Service, November 10, 2000
In the 2000 U.S. Presidential election imbroglio, chad was the clear linguistic winner, not least because it was recently awarded Word of the Year honors by the American Dialect Society. The winner in the Brand-Spanking New category was unconcede, meaning "to rescind a concession." This verb actually proved more popular than the noun unconcession, garnering (by my count) a few more citations over the past couple of months.
Unconcede isn't "brand-spanking new," however. It goes back to 1996 when on election night Republican Presidential candidate Bob Dole prematurely sent a concession fax to news organizations and was forced to unconcede:
The discombobulation of Mr. Dole's campaign was epitomized when the campaign prematurely sent to newsrooms a fax conceding that he had lost. After a flurry of telephone calls, he became the first Presidential candidate in history to unconcede, however temporarily.
R. W. Apple Jr., "The 1996 Elections: The Presidency," The New York Times, November 6, 1996