Decisions are made by those who show up. This year, more than 6000 people demonstrated their right to a different choice. There is really no way our voters would have known anything without the generous donations made to this campaign, so our donors deserve many thanks from us all.
Despite the results (58.96-41.04%), I can confidently say we can be very proud of what we have accomplished. I am deeply grateful for the volunteers and all who came out to vote. Every one of the 6104 votes* we got was organic, cultivated by our team. This is the definition of grassroots. Without access to the Republican data, we did not focus our attention on the Republican delegates, so this was truly an addition to the usual political activists who came out to vote.
The support I received around the district was incredible but I am particularly grateful to Todd County voters and, in particular, Long Prairie. Not only did we have a super majority over my opponent in Todd County, but I had more votes over Collin Peterson as well. The love and support is so greatly appreciated.
This Primary, I was up against the local establishment and the endorsement. I did not have access to Republican databases but instead had to run against rumors and pressure by party leaders sent to caucus goers via email just before the election. Through it all, I maintained my message and, together, we stood up and said, “No more politics as usual." We said women and moms do have substance, do know the Constitution, and do have qualifications to lead. We said men and dads also have responsibilities at home with their kids. And all of this is not a basis for endorsing a candidate.
This campaign is on hold for now; but for those who made their voices heard, the fight has just begun. In the near future, I'll be working on the trade expo in October for the American Russian Chamber of Commerce, building on the relationships I have had the opportunity to gain thus far.
To those who spent countless hours, sacrificing their time and money and reputation for this effort, you are my heroes. We have fought the good fight, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith. We are not done!
*Edited on 8/11/2016 to show latest results.