Clint Didier concedes Senate race

Aug 19, 2010, 7:45 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

In a letter to his supporters, U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier concedes he will “not be your official representative in the other Washington this time.” But what will the Eastern Washington farmer and former NFL tight end do next? We’ll find out in a Friday morning press conference.

With the latest ballot count, Republican Didier has 155,216 votes or about 12 percent. That’s trailing Republican Dino Rossi’s 414,443 votes or 33 percent, and Senator Patty Murray’s 46 percent, with 577,202 votes counted for the incumbent Democrat.

Here’s Didier’s letter to supporters:

DidierIn sports the saying goes, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” But this year it is NOT just about the total points on the board – it’s about changing the direction of the game. This campaign and its supporters have started moving the ball in that direction. A lot of people in this “blue” state got their first taste of a true conservative message. But we’re not finished yet.

I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the tens of thousands of supporters across the state that voted for me, but more importantly, the trust that comes with those votes. The energy, commitment and grit you’ve shown me in this campaign has constantly inspired and humbled me.

While I may not be your official representative in the ‘other Washington’ this time, I won’t betray that trust. I won’t throw you under the bus because we didn’t get one of the top two spots. The establishment here in Washington has done that to you too many times before.

You all have told me their stories as I’ve traveled across the state — stories of anger, of frustration, and heartbreak about this country. But you’re also energized and ready to work to take back this country. Many of you have never been involved in politics or campaigns before. Others tell me you haven’t voted in years because you didn’t have a reason to vote again– until now.

And you’ve told me your votes aren’t just an automatic ‘gimme’ because of the letter next to a candidate’s name. Anyone who wants to represent you wonderful people needs to hear – no, make that really listen to – what you have to say. To listen to the wisdom of the people, and to make commitments that will be kept. You need to see some fire in the belly and some real conviction to get your votes.

I’m going to make sure that your voices aren’t drowned out as we head into the election. I promise my supporters that I’ll be with you all the way to Election Day – and beyond.

As a coach, I always tell my team that you never give up until the last seconds are off the clock. And team, the game clock is still ticking.

Clint

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Clint Didier concedes Senate race