Last night, the race was called for Congressman Cramer. I want to thank you for everything you’ve done to support me and my team. I’d also like to thank my family and the thousands of North Dakotans whose prayers and encouragement has kept me going every single day.
Serving North Dakota in the U.S. Senate has been the highest honor of my life — because every day when I wake up, I’m thinking about how I can fight for rural America. And by bringing that common sense to the Senate, we’ve been able to accomplish a great deal. We lifted the decades-old ban on oil exports, cracked down on human trafficking and helped pave a viable path forward for coal. But the most meaningful moments haven’t just been our legislative victories — it’s been securing a Purple Heart for Andy Shaw; giving a voice to Native women and children whose challenges are too often overlooked by Washington; and standing up for the families, children and parents whose lives depend on the critical patient protections in the health care law.
While tonight’s result wasn’t the outcome we desired, I still have so much hope for our future. But I also know that for us to succeed, we can and must return to a politics that reflects the goodness of our country and the goodness of North Dakota.
And as the daughter of a school cook and seasonal construction worker in Mantador, those are the values that I’ve strived to reflect every day as North Dakota’s senator. As the small-town girl who represented you over the last six years in Washington, I know the North Dakota way is still to work together. By remembering those ties that bind us and the respect we have for one another, we can still demonstrate the values I learned from the veterans at the VFW my dad helped build in Mantador, and from my mom who taught my siblings and me to always stand up for those without a voice. Those are the values that will guide us in the years to come — as long as we work together.
Thank you for all of your support.
All my best,