Below, release from Giannoulias campaign....
I am honored and humbled by the outpouring of support from the people of Illinois. Today, voters went to the polls seeking a way forward for our state and our nation in the midst of the greatest recession we have seen in generations.
Our victory tonight is a victory for those working families who have fought on the front lines of that recession. They wanted to hear about how we would create jobs and stand up to special interests. Because of you, we are now one step closer to bringing a strong voice for ordinary Americans to the U.S. Senate.
I want to thank all of you for this moment, especially those who have supported my campaign with their hard work phonebanking, donating, and canvassing. But today's victory is just the beginning of a long journey ahead.
This general election battle will pit the interests of hard-working Illinois families against the corporate special interests that control Washington. Voters will be presented with a clear choice between a failed past and a promising future. And the biggest issue in this election is jobs. I will be a Senator who will fight every day to create the next generation of good-paying jobs here in Illinois.
Meanwhile, tonight, Republicans nominated Congressman Mark Kirk, a Washington insider who does not think jobs are a big deal.
Mark Kirk, who has been in Washington for 10 years, is out of touch with the needs and concerns of hard-working families. He has never shied away from taking their money and then voting their way. And while the Republican Party and its corporate allies will descend on our state as they try to take this seat away from the working families of Illinois, we enter that battle with the same energy, spirit and resolve that led to our victory this evening.
Tonight, though, we celebrate. Tomorrow, our work begins anew.
Thank you for standing with me,