San Diego — Today, Congressman Scott Peters released the following statement regarding his reelection and the national presidential election:
“Last night was a long one as we watched numbers coming in from across the country.
“On a grand level, elections are the workings of our democracy of the people, by the people and for the people. But for those of us making phone calls to voters, donating to candidates and closely watching the elections, it’s nerve-racking.
“As I awaited the first returns last night, I reflected back to my first run for Congress in 2012. I went into that Election Day not at all confident I would win — it was a heck of a long shot. This year, I knew my chances were much better, and when the first returns hit, I wasn’t thinking so much about my own election, but about what was happening all across the country. As Joe Biden said, “the soul of our nation was at stake.”
“We won’t know the final national results for days, maybe even weeks, and we didn’t love everything we saw. But what we do know is that Americans showed up to vote in record numbers. And thank God they did. The historic turnout was a spectacular display of patriotism — people yearning to be heard. People fighting for our democracy.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for never losing hope, never losing faith, and for never doubting that your vote, your voice, can make a difference. If you are reading this, it’s because you care fiercely about the future of our nation and our world and you have given all you can to make a difference.
“Health care was on the ballot. The economy was on the ballot. Equality was on the ballot. Justice was on the ballot. The fate of the planet was on the ballot. America’s standing in the world was on the ballot.
“Thank you for standing up and for standing with me. Thank you for the honor of another term in Congress. I am grateful for your support and I promise to continue to serve with a spirit of collaboration, with conscience and with compassion.”