Wednesday afternoon, Republican candidate Ken Buck offered his congratulations to Senator Michael Bennet on winning the hard-fought race in Colorado. Bennet beat Buck by just one percentage point.
In his statement published on Buck's website, Buck said he made the comments in a phone call to Senator Bennet.
Buck said that while the final margin in the race is very small, Colorado voters have spoken and he wishes Senator Bennet well.
Buck said, “My Senate campaign has been the experience of a lifetime. I will be forever grateful to the thousands of Coloradans who helped make this grassroots journey possible.”
The victory for Bennet allows Democrats to hold onto a seat once viewed a prime opportunity for the GOP to make gains. In a Facebook posting Wednesday morning, Bennet says, "Thank you to everyone who made this victory possible." He then held a news conference, announcing his 48%-47% victory over Buck.
Bennet provided a crucial firewall against further Republican gains in the Senate during midterm elections. Bennet was appointed to the seat last year to replace Ken Salazar, who became Interior Secretary. Bennet painted Buck as too conservative on social issues. Buck hammered away at Bennet's support for the Democrats' agenda in Washington.
The race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year.
In a victory speech, Bennet called it a "race for the record books."
The margin between the two must be more than half of one percentage point to avoid an automatic recount. Otherwise, a candidate has 24 days to request a recount, at the cost of the campaign or candidate that requests the recount.