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There is never any ultimate victory without defeat along the way; no real accomplishment without setbacks. Tuesday’s vote was a hard setback for every one of us, and we will feel the pain from it for some time to come, but those wounds will in time heal and as they do, I want to thank each one of you who stood by us through this long campaign, to the many of you who opened your homes and your lives to us, who worked long hours in our joint cause, who gave and gave to help us get our message out across our state.

I deeply appreciate the many friendships forged throughout the campaign. We’ve been blessed to share these past months with you and our lives are richer for having known you.

I could not be more proud of our small band of staff members. They worked long, often hard hours and did so with unfailing cheer and goodwill, convinced they were fighting for the right. For each of you, the highest honor I can pay is to thank you for being in the arena alongside me. So these words from Theodore Roosevelt, who also knew both victory and defeat, are for you:

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; … who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Thanks to each of you. You have been a blessing to us.

Tim Bjorkman