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McCaskill concedes U.S. Senate race, thanks supporters

After twelve years serving in the U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill was not re-elected Tuesday. (Andrew Wafford/KRCG 13)

Just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill approached the podium in the Majestic Ballroom at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel to concede in the race for U.S. Senate.

After two terms as a senator, McCaskill did not win her re-election campaign against Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. The race gained national attention as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came to Missouri several times to stump for Hawley. Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for McCaskill.

She brought a large portion of her family on stage as she spoke to a room full of supporters.

"Obviously, we fell short and that's disappointing," she said. " Not for me, but what I feel the most pain about tonight are all of the people who for the first times, many of them in their lives, said, 'I'm going to do more than just sit on the couch and cuss the TV. I'm going to show up. I'm going to work hard.' For the thousands of people who volunteered on this campaign, and there were literally thousands and thousands and thousands of you, I am so grateful and I want you to keep that fire burning because there is justice around the corner."

McCaskill was first elected to the Senate in 2006. She was elected when Missouri was considered to be a purple state. She fought a plethora of GOP supporters throughout her campaign for a third term, and ultimately, Hawley won the race to prevent her re-election.

She was the first woman to hold the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri - a seat once held by Harry Truman. She has a longstanding career in politics dating back to 1982.

McCaskill said she loves 'every corner' of Missouri, and won't stop fighting for the state and its people.

"I will be out there fighting with you," she said. "I am not going away. I love this state. I will continue to serve."

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