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Growing up, our family never stopped believing in the American Dream, which is why I have always fought to make that dream a reality for all California families — that’s what this race has always been about.

When we began this campaign two years ago, we knew it would be an uphill battle. And while we may not be able to celebrate the victory we had hoped for tonight, we built a grassroots army we can all be proud of.

We held the other candidates accountable, put forward policies that addressed real issues, and helped lift up the voices of Californians that weren’t being heard.

We were up against incredible odds and a flood of special interest spending that totaled nearly $30 million from outside groups, yet we still challenged the frontrunners up until the very end. We can hold our heads up high and know we never sacrificed our values because honesty and integrity matter.

I’m proud of what we accomplished over the course of this campaign, and I hope you are too. And together, we will continue to fight for a better future for this state.

Thank you for all your support. It means more to me than you know.

In friendship,