WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Republican challenger Ben Lange has now conceded to Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley in the race for U.S. District One race.
After what Lange is calling "one of the closest congressional races in Iowa's history", he reached out to Braley this morning and congratulated him on his victory.
Lange said in a written statement, "This morning I reached out to Congressman Braley to congratulate him on his victory. I wish him the best as he goes back to Washington to represent us in Congress. It's a difficult job, and these are difficult times. It's my hope that our campaign has brought to light new solutions to confront our greatest challenges."
Lange went on to thank his supporters and his family.
Moments after the polls closed Tuesday night, Democrat supporters packed into the Waterloo Center for the Arts, all hopeful for party wins.
"I'm waiting for it to start showing up. Especially the close ones," Democrat Norma Kleinheksel said.
"People wanna see this economy turn around and they're gonna trust the Democrats to do that," Democrat Christopher Schwartz said.
"What we have done we don't want to go back to the 8 years ago," Black Hawk County Democratic Party coordinator Pat Sass said.
Braley gave an energized acceptance speech shortly before 11 pm on Tuesday night after the Associated Press called the race.
"There will be many new faces in Congress this year and I will look forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats in the next four years to make Iowa better and to make America better," Braley said.
Like other Republican challengers, Lange tried to link Braley to President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of whom have relatively low poll numbers.
Braley claimed he was targeted by conservative groups because he's been a progressive leader in the House.