From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you. On a personal level, this has been the best year of my life. Your support made this all possible and what we have achieved is nothing short of extraordinary.
While I will not have the honor of serving in the Pennsylvania legislature next year, this is certainly the first time a "Makhija" has received over 10,000 votes on a ballot in Pennsylvania, and likely in the United States. We undertook a serious battle and we beat all expectations.
When we launched the campaign a year ago, I recognized that Carbon County was a bellwether in national elections. I accepted the risk that I could lose, and I did that because the challenge was absolutely critical. If we were truly going to change politics and solve the problems we collectively face, I knew that we must learn how to win here, no matter how hard it was.
Amidst a stunning shift toward the GOP in this year's election, our local campaign dramatically outperformed the national ticket by 14 points. While this wasn't enough to get us to 51%, the precinct level data shows we made serious inroads and expanded the map by winning towns that no Democratic candidate has won in years.
There will be more to talk about in the weeks to come, but I want to thank you for standing with me throughout this campaign. I don't know what the future will bring, but I do know that this experience has prepared us to take on the next fight.
I hope I made you proud.