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Thank You

It’s been one hell of a ride.

In June of last year, I met who became the first two members of my staff, and I told them, “There are two things that make me uncomfortable: speaking in public, and asking people for money; so naturally, I should run for Congress.” In the 17 months since that day, what this campaign, this movement, has accomplished, is nothing short of remarkable.

Thank you.

To my staff. To our interns. To our wonderful volunteers. To the organizations that endorsed and supported us. To all of you that have been a part of this incredibly special movement. And thank you to the more than 146,000 people who trusted me enough to give me their vote.

Thanks to you, we raised over $3.2 million dollars from over 55,000 individual donors.

Thanks to you, we produced the greatest field program this district has ever seen, making tens of thousands of calls and texts, and knocking on thousands of doors.

Thanks to you, our posts and our videos were shared literally millions of times on social media.

Thanks to you, this election was the biggest story in the country for the final week before Election Day.

Thanks to you, we took a race that Steve King had won by 24 and 22 percentage points in the last two cycles and closed that gap to just 3.

Thanks to you, we received over 25,000 more votes than there are registered Democrats in this district.

Thanks to you, someone told me last night that this was the first time in his life that people walked into an election night watch party against Steve King and didn’t know what was going to happen.

Thanks to you, people in the smallest of towns felt like they had a voice too.

Thanks to you, people in this district found something we hadn’t seen in a generation. Hope.

It’s been one hell of a ride.

It wasn’t easy, but I called Steve King last night, and I told him that I would pray for him, and that I prayed that he would represent this district responsibly and respectfully. It’s up to us now to make sure that he does, because if he doesn’t, we’ll make sure this is the last time he ever celebrates an election night victory.

I modeled this campaign after two of my political heroes, Berkley Bedell and Tom Harkin. They both made it to Congress after losing in their first attempts. Let’s just say that this isn’t the last you’ve heard of J.D. Scholten.

It has been an honor to share this journey with all of you.

My name is J.D. Scholten, and I am still Standing Tall for All.