New Jersey Republican Jeff Bell conceded with a text message to his Democratic component at 10 p.m. on election night, congratulating Sen. Cory Booker on his win.
In a letter sent Friday to his supporters, Bell says he was sorry he did not have the chance to talk to Booker, who defeated him for a full six-year term to the Senate, in a phone call.
“Dear Senator Booker: Sorry to miss the chance to do this in a phone conversation, but congratulations on your impressive victory and best wishes for the six years ahead. All the best, Jeff Bell,” Bell said in the text message.
On Election Day, Booker said Bell ran his campaign with “honor.”
Bell says the message was hard to write because he enjoyed the campaign and regrets that he lost. He also noted that he won a majority of votes in nine of the state’s 21 counties despite spending far less money than Booker.
“I am proud that we won more than 750,000 votes while being able to spend just under $500,000 for the primary and general election combined, roughly a tenth of Sen. Booker’s outlays,” Bell wrote.