Click here to watch Ovide's message from the State House in Concord, today.
Good afternoon. I think I recognize some of you from last night’s party. What a party! And what a campaign this has been. This has been a classic New Hampshire campaign, one for the ages that we’ll be talking about for a long time to come.
I believe that in our American Republic, the people are the sovereign – they are the king -- and government is their subject. Well, the people of NH have spoken and they have ruled. While I am disappointed with the result, I humbly accept their verdict and I would ask you to join me in doing the same.
Since the Secretary of State released his final election results earlier this afternoon, a number of our supporters have expressed their strong opinion that I ask for a recount. This is message is meant directly for my supporters from around the State of New Hampshire. I have always promised to tell you the truth, even when it hurts, or when it isn’t convenient.
In my professional life I have been involved in a number of recounts. I have reviewed the numbers and have spoken directly with Secretary of State Gardner and he has assured me that he sees no irregularities in the manner with which the results were reported to him. You know me – and you know that I’m a fighter, but I take on those fights which have a probability of success. In this case, I believe that it is in our best interests to accept the results of the election as finalized by the Secretary of State. Accordingly, I will not be seeking a recount. But I will remain a fighter for you.
A few minutes ago I spoke with Kelly Ayotte and congratulated her on her Primary victory. I have not had a chance to speak with Jim Bender or Bill Binnie, but would like to acknowledge here my gratitude to them for their well-run campaigns.
Words cannot express my gratitude for our campaign staff, for our friends and thousands of supporters and voters who brought us so close to victory yesterday. Against all odds, they contributed their time, talent and their vote in support of our campaign to advance a new conservative agenda -- and they did so in support of a candidate with the toughest name in New Hampshire politics! And I am grateful for that. And together with the help of the Union Leader – which continues to demonstrate its considerable impact particularly in a Republican primary – and conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, who was with us from the beginning, we were able to run a traditional and historic New Hampshire race for the ages.
Going into this campaign, I knew full-well that victory would be difficult. But we set out with a creative plan to win in September and November. And as you saw by this afternoon’s photo finish, we came very, very close. I also knew that waging this campaign would make a difference - and with the help of thousands of NH citizens, I believe we did make a difference!
We did so by staying on a positive, issue-oriented conservative message based on the core principles of freedom and liberty. We did so with the considerable support of men and women throughout the State of New Hampshire at the grassroots level in every county and every town. And we did so by conducting ourselves with dignity and decorum and we can and should all hold our heads high.
"I have said from the beginning that our nation is in crisis and we are in desperate need of conservative leadership in Washington. That remains true, so I will continue to be an advocate for conservative principles to prevail in the November election. During the campaign, you heard me talk about Ovide’s Oath – my 15 point pledge to deliver conservative reform to Washington. Today, I’m making another pledge to you. Republicans, working together with like minded Independents and Democrats will defeat Paul Hodes in November!
With that said, we must move quickly to transition into the general election in support of our Party’s nominee, Kelly Ayotte, and it is my intention to do just that. I ask our supporters to join me and do the same today.
Thank you for your support and the kindness you have shown me and my family during this past year. God bless you, God bless America and God bless the great state of New Hampshire!