I simply don't have the words to express my overwhelming gratitude for your support and belief in me and the message that I have tried to champion during the campaign.
We received 49.3% of the vote last night while my opponent got 50.6%.
Thank you for fighting the good fight with me. Thank you for staying positive, for talking about why I was the best candidate rather than bad-mouthing my opponent. Thank you for being respectful when you asked that we all play by the same rules. I know it was difficult for some of you to see the emails designed to discredit me by spreading false information. I appreciate you not reacting in kind. No candidate could ever ask for better supporters.
Life-long friendships were born of this campaign. I look forward to continuing those.
August 1, 2012