U.S. Rep. Peter Welch’s Senate campaign on Tuesday celebrated a decisive victory with the Associated Press calling the race just seconds after polls closed, alongside family, friends, and campaign staff.
Rep. Peter Welch said:
“I’m excited and honored to have received such broad support from Vermonters, and to be their next U.S. Senator. Thank you to our supporters, volunteers, and my friends, family, and amazing staff who worked so hard to help us win this critical election.
“It’s been an incredible privilege to have served Vermont in the U.S. House for the past 16 years where I’ve worked to bring the “Vermont Way” of mutual respect, civility, and finding common ground to Washington, DC. I am ready to bring that approach and get to work on Day One in the Senate to address the urgent challenges we face – higher prices hurting our working families, a climate in crisis, reproductive rights under threat, and an imperiled democracy.
“While the votes are still being counted across the country and we’re unsure what the Senate will look like in January, we know that – whoever is in charge – the “Vermont way” is needed to find solutions to our shared problems. It’s how Senator Patrick Leahy served us so well for 48 years, and it’s how I am committed to serve every day in the Senate. Vermont has always led the way during our toughest times, and now is no different. We need to come together to help our country through the challenges we face.
“Lastly, I’m excited to congratulate Vermont’s expected first Congresswoman, Becca Balint. She will be a terrific representative for Vermont and our country. I look forward to partnering with her and Sen. Bernie Sanders to deliver for Vermonters.”
Campaign manager Ryan McLaren said:
“Vermonters spoke loudly and clearly tonight, and they overwhelmingly voted to send Peter to the Senate. Every voter and volunteer contributed to tonight’s victory, and I’m filled with gratitude and appreciation for their support. Peter has spent his entire career working to do what’s best for all Vermonters, and he will continue to deliver on that directive in the upper chamber this January. I’m proud of the campaign we ran, and our incredible staff who helped make it happen.”