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Radinovich Concedes Defeat to Pete Stauber

Taylor Holt
Updated: November 07, 2018 06:58 PM

Joe Radinovich conceded defeat to Pete Stauber Wednesday morning in the 8th Congressional District race.

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Joe's campaign manager said that he did call and congratulate Stauber on his win, following a long, but exciting night. 

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday night at a watch party in Baxter, the DFL candidate was trailing in the polls, but determined that the race for the 8th district seat was not over.

"We have many precincts left to go but there is no doubt, it looks like the odds will be long," said Radinovich to a crowd of supporters and family.

In an emotional speech, he also thanked supporters on a successful campaign.

FULL VIDEO: Radinovich Tearfully Addresses Supporters

"I think about what it's ( this campaign) meant to me. I think about my own life and I think it's been a really good one," said Radinovich.

Although he could not grasp a win, he said it was overall a win for Democrats locally and nationally.

"We are going to send to champions for working people back to the U.S. Senate in Tina Smith and Amy Kloubachar," Radinovich added.

In that speech, he also addressed the millions of dollars spent in negative ads and attacks against him and how his supporters never doubted him.

"People across this district in places like Brainerd and Duluth on the Iron Range saw those ads and instead of running away from us, what they did was they came to our defense," said Radinovich as tears came down his cheeks.

Below is the statement sent from Radinovich's Campaign Manager, Jordan Hagert Wednesday morning. 

"Joe Radinovich fought incredible odds against over $7 million in outside negative and false attacks, and this election result makes clear the damage that outside money from billionaires is having on our democracy. Billionaires just bought Pete Stauber a seat in Congress. Now we will finally get to learn where Pete Stauber stands on important issues, because we certainly didn't learn that through the course of this campaign. We will need to hold him accountable for the Republican plans to cut Social Security and Medicare and end health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Pete won't be able to depend on outside money from billionaires to hide his votes on these bad ideas in Congress."

Radinovich went on Twitter to thank supporters once again, and say that he plans to keep fighting for Minnesota communities.

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