I would like to thank all who have helped our campaign. Although our campaign came up short in this battle, we won the war. I am so thankful that we now will have a new Speaker of the House of Representatives in the US House and our party now controls both chambers of the General Assembly. We have a special opportunity to bring back sanity to Washington and Raleigh and restore the values that made America great.
I will forever be indebted to the many volunteers and supporters of this campaign. The many hours and miles that our volunteers put into this campaign have humbled me. To say the least without you we would have never been close in this race and your dedication to our country strengthens my belief that we will see America continue as the great nation we see today. As a father that is very important to me. Thank you all so very much.
Many have asked me how I feel today. The answer is great. It has been an honor to be part of the effort we have seen to get America back to the core principles we all hold so dear. The movement is just beginning and last night was a wake up call to all politicians regardless of party that we the people demand better. We want elected officials who understand that the seat they hold belongs to the people not the individual who occupies the office.
I am extremely proud of our campaign. When I first announced for office the general consensus was a Republican could not get more than 32% in this district. I was told that no one would contribute to this race. We found out differently. We knew this would not be a seat to win with ease but with hard work we might be able to do it. I am very honored that for the first time in this district a Republican won six counties and we were close in others. The reality is that now with redistricting coming up we may see a district where all the odds are not against you but is made fair in accordance to the wishes of our founding fathers. I can assure you that the First District will be on the radar in 2012 because of what we did this year.
We need to pray for all of our elected officials. America is indeed at a crossroads and there are some very tough decisions that have to be made over the next two years.
I assure you all that I will continue the fight for this great nation each day and for you as well. One election does not change who I am or what I stand for. There is still much work to be done and I ask you all to continue what has been started.