Republican D. Raja accepted defeat in the race for Allegheny County Executive. He addressed a crowd of supporters in Greentree, thanking them for their support and acknowledging the challenge he faced in a county where registered Democrats far outnumber registered Republicans.
"I knew getting in I was fighting a disadvantage of more than 2 to 1, it was going to be a very uphill fight. And trust me, we have taken the lumps in this fight, but what I want you to know that what we have endured is nothing compared to the challenges many in our region still face," said Raja.
He pledged to stay involved in the community and said, going forward, the best thing to do is to leave the campaign in the past.
"Despite the differences and relentless attacks, we're all Pittsburghers, we're all invested in the future of this region, we'll only be able to reach new heights working together," Raja said.