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Alison Lundergan Grimes: Thank You, Kentucky

For the past sixteen months, my husband and I have taken a remarkable journey all across Kentucky. 
 
To the many friends and thousands of people we have met along the way, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
 
To everyone who listened, weighed the options and cast a ballot, I thank you for your careful consideration and for the vital role you played in our great democracy.
 
To everyone who supported me – by putting out a yard sign, knocking on doors or making phone calls – your engagement, your encouragement and your confidence in me means more to me than I can ever say.
 
While Election Day did not end the way that I had hoped, I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished in this campaign. We left nothing on the campaign trail. We fought for the people of Kentucky every minute and every mile across the Commonwealth. 
 
Along the way, we renewed Kentuckians’ optimism in a brighter future for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.
 
A hard-fought campaign is over, and now it is time for all of us to come together for the good of Kentucky and our country. As I told Senator McConnell on Election Night, I look forward to working together to move Kentucky and our nation forward.  
 
For me, the greatest part of this journey has been meeting the thousands of Kentuckians in every corner of the state, and I carry with me the lessons that I have learned from your struggles, your fears, your hopes and your dreams.
 
For the working mother in Pikeville, who holds down three jobs to provide for her children, I will never stop working for a minimum wage that enables working families to make ends meet.
 
For the seniors in Louisville, for whom Medicare and Social Security are the only things keeping them from living in poverty, I will never stop working to make sure that we protect and strengthen these vital programs.
 
For the veteran in Owensboro, who returned home from Afghanistan and wants to put his talents to work in our economy, I will never stop working to create more job training and educational opportunities for our heroes.
 
For the little girl in Covington, who dreams big dreams of giving back to her community, I will never stop working to make sure that when she achieves her goals, she will earn equal pay for equal work. 
 
For the students in Danville, who did everything right but whose dreams of completing college were jeopardized by high interest rates, I will never stop working to make sure our students can get degrees, not debt.
 
There are other causes, too — the coal miners in Eastern Kentucky who need good jobs and access to the benefits they are due and deserved, the workers in every corner of our Commonwealth whose right to collective bargaining must be protected — to which we must recommit ourselves. 
 
These are the causes to which I committed myself 16 months ago when we began this campaign. 
 
They inspired us at the best of times, and they gave us strength on our most difficult days. 
 
In every corner of the Commonwealth, we have reaffirmed these ideals. And while this campaign has come to an end, I will never stop working to make sure that Kentuckians’ voices are heard. 
 
Together, we can make Kentucky and our country everything we know we can and should be.
 
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State, was the Democratic nominee in the U.S. Senate election
 
Photo: Grimes campaigns in Covington's Mainstrasse Village/RCN file