After an extremely tight race for US Senate in New Hampshire, Republican Incumbent Kelly Ayotte has conceded.
“I just spoke with Governor Hassan to congratulate her on her election to serve in the U.S. Senate. I wish Governor Hassan, her husband Tom, and their children Ben and Meg the very best.
“I also want to thank my family – my husband Joe and our two children, Kate and Jake. I could not serve New Hampshire without their support. I want to thank our family, friends, supporters, and volunteers who worked their hearts out for our campaign. I could never fully express how grateful and humbled I am by the outpouring of support our campaign has received since day one.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve New Hampshire in the Senate and to make progress on addressing our heroin epidemic, making it easier for our small businesses to create good-paying jobs, and supporting those who keep us safe in a dangerous world.
“This is a critical time for New Hampshire and our country, and now more than ever, we need to work together to address our challenges. The voters have spoken and now it’s time all of us to come together to get things done for the people of the Greatest State in this Nation and for the Greatest Country on Earth.
“I want to thank the people of New Hampshire for their support, encouragement, and friendship over the past six years, and for the tremendous honor of serving as their voice in the Senate,” said Ayotte.
Ayotte and Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan have fought tooth and nail for months for the Senate seat.
Hassan declared victory Wednesday morning.
“Good morning and thank you all for being here today.
As we’ve gotten more results overnight and this morning, it’s clear that we have maintained the lead and have won this race.
This morning, there are only a few small towns left outstanding and I hope these remaining votes are quickly recorded.
When they are, we are confident that our margins are large enough that we will maintain a lead.
It is clear that we have won, and I am proud to stand here as the next United States Senator from New Hampshire.
It will be my job in the U.S. Senate to make the best decisions for New Hampshire to work with President-elect Trump when it is in the best interest of New Hampshire and the country, and to stand up to him when it isn’t.
As you all know, I entered public service as an advocate for people who experience disabilities. People whose voices are too often not heard. I believe we are stronger when we listen to all voices and all perspectives. We are stronger when we are working to ensure that every person has the opportunity to share in our nation’s success.
And ensuring that we are expanding opportunity to all of our citizens will be my guiding principle in the United States Senate.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Governor-elect Chris Sununu. I spoke to him this morning, and pledged to do everything I can to ensure a smooth and successful transition.
In the United States Senate, I will always put the people of New Hampshire first. And together, we will work to heal the divisions this election has exposed and build a future where all Granite Staters are included in our shared economic success.
Thank you,” said Hassan.