Republican John Koster said he plans to call his opponent, Democrat Suzan DelBene, today to concede the 1st Congressional District race.
He has been behind since the first vote tallies Tuesday night, and wrote in a letter to supporters Thursday that “it would take at least a minor miracle in the final vote tallies for us to come from behind to win.”
He trailed 47-53 Thursday.
In his letter, Koster expressed frustration that national and state Republican groups did not come to his aid during his tight race with DelBene.
DelBene outraised Koster and put $2.8 million of her own money in the race, and independent groups stepped in to help her with ads and mailers. Koster got much less independent support, despite being on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s list of promising candidates. Koster wrote:
“Sadly, and for reasons untold, neither the National Republican Congressional Committee nor the Washington State Republican Party stepped up to provide us with anything more than token support. To be frank, we were on our own, yet thanks to people such as you, we nearly overcame the odds.”
And after a campaign in which he moderated his conservative stance on some issues, he sounded like his more conservative self as he expressed dismay about the liberal choices voters made Tuesday, including legalizing gay marriage and decriminalizing marijuana possession.
“It seems obvious to me that we have swung wildly in the wrong political direction and that we are now at a point where our society WILL suffer the consequences inherent with bad law and liberal representation,” he wrote, urging supporters to pray for their government leaders as the Bible says to do.