Claire McCaskill, the new U.S. Senator from Missouri, thanked a roomful of ecstatic supporters, volunteers, campaign workers, and elected Democrats in the Majestic Ballroom of the Renaissance Grand Hotel tonight.
“The great state of Missouri has spoken,” said McCaskill. “They have said ‘we want change’!”
“Missourians have rejected the politics of personal character attacks,” said McCaskill as she reached over and kissed her husband, Joseph Shepard, who had been the target of several negative TV commercials.
McCaskill also thanked her mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, who she called the “star” of the campaign.
To the nearly half of Tuesday’s voters that did not voter for her, McCaskill said she “will work hard to earn your trust and respect.”
McCaskill will join at least three other new Democrats in the U.S. Senate. With the Senate race in Virginia likely taking several days to determine a winner, the balance of power is still in doubt.
What is not in doubt is that the Democratic Party had a very good night on Nov. 7, 2006 — one that has changed the nation’s political landscape and reintroduced two-party government to Washington D.C.