Liegeois reacts to 8th Congressional District loss

8th Congressional District candidate Beau Liegeois (D).
8th Congressional District candidate Beau Liegeois (D). (Photo courtesy Liegeois campaign)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- In the race for the 8th Congressional District, Democratic challenger Beau Leigeois lost to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher.

Liegeois ran on a platform based on better health care, better water quality, and better-paying jobs. But when the votes rolled in, the Liegeois campaign fell short.

After a consolation welcome from fellow Democrat Staush Gruszynski, Beau Liegeois says even in defeat, he is still optimistic.

"And while we came up short tonight, the vision of a better future is crystal clear," Liegeois said.

Watch Liegeois' concession speech:

The Green Bay native says he ran a grassroots campaign, focusing on the issues.

"We brought people together. We held town halls. We had roundtables, and we talked to Wisconsinites at their doorstep, and that was so crucial to this election," Liegeois said. "We may not have been successful tonight, but I will always be optimistic that the country can bridge the partisan divides that currently strangle our political system."

"This is not the end for me. It should not be the end for you. I will keep fighting no matter what else happens tonight."

Liegeois says he won't rule out another run for office, but for now, he will return to work as a prosecutor on Monday.