"We will never let the fire go out"
John Ashcroft's endorsement of Roy Blunt Monday got The Notebook thinking about the epic 2000 contest when Ashcroft lost his seat to the late Gov. Mel Carnahan.
In a photo finish contest, saturated with emotion and muddled with allegations of voter fraud in St. Louis, Ashcroft gracefully conceded the race to Carnahan's wife. Former Sen. Jean Carnahan can be seen in the above KY3 video footage, voting with daughter Robin Carnahan -- now the Democratic candidate for Missouri's other U.S. Senate seat.
*CHECK OUT A MONTAGE OF THE 2000 FLASHBACK*
The death of Carnahan in a plane crash prompted Ashcroft to postpone campaigning for several days, something he contended "obviously hurt the campaign." On election night, Carnahan spoke to a gathering of supporters by phone from Rolla, pledging: "We will never let the fire go out."
Defying calls by many in the GOP to fight the seating of Carnahan's wife, Ashcroft conceded the race.
"I will not initiate any legal challnege," Ashcroft said. "I hope the outcome of this election is a matter of comfort for Mrs. Carnahan."
ALSO: About :52 seconds in, we believe we spot a bit younger Carnahan spokesman Tony Wyche (in the lower right hand of the screen) finishing a media interview.