The polls just closed here in Massachusetts, and we're all expecting a long night as the results come in across the country. Before we find out the final tally, I wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you.
In 2012, you defied the odds, helping a first-time candidate raise money from more small donors than any Senate campaign in the history of this country. You've always had my back, and I've worked hard to always have yours.
But here's what I'm most proud about from that historic campaign: You didn't stop when the polls closed on November 6, 2012. You knew that this was never just about me – it's about fighting for what we believe in.
It's about standing up to the big banks when they break the law, and fighting to help our students getting crushed with debt. It's about protecting and expanding Social Security for our seniors, raising the minimum wage, and making sure women get equal pay for equal work and access to birth control.
It's also about fighting for candidates who will stand by our side in the U.S. Senate. This election cycle, our grassroots supporters pulled together to help raise an incredible $6 million for Democratic campaigns and committees across the country. You raised critical funds that our candidates needed if they were going to have a fighting chance against Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and all those Super PAC attack ads.
And it wasn't just about the money – it was about our values. I crisscrossed the country to 16 states to fight for the Democratic majority and to talk about who we are as a people, and what kind of country we want to be, and tens of thousands of you volunteered your time to knock on doors and make phone calls.
We made this about our values and about our democracy. We worked hard to get people to the polls, to encourage those who are losing faith in the political process, to remind everyone that we have power when we vote.
The political pundits wrote us off weeks ago. Shoot, some of them wrote us off months ago. They said the map this year was just too tough – that Democrats should give up and not even try. But when we were up against the ropes, you just fought back harder. You fought for yourself, for your family, and for working families all across the country.
Change is hard, especially when the playing field is tilted so far against us. But I know that if you don't fight, you can't win – and we fought for every last vote. No matter what happens tonight, be proud of what you've worked for. We're going to keep fighting every day to level the playing field for working families.