DENVER (AP) – Republican U.S. Senate challenger Darryl Glenn has formally conceded to incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet.

Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, ran a strong race against Bennet, who was re-elected to a second full term.

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Glenn won more than 1 million votes and trailed Bennet by only 3 percentage points, according to unofficial results.

In a statement released Wednesday, Glenn says that “though we were successful in starting a movement, we fell short in winning the race.”

Darryl Glenn challenged Sen. Michael Bennet and lost. (credit: CBS)

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He congratulated Bennet on his win and said he hopes that Bennet “will work with Republican lawmakers to preserve Colorado’s freedoms and western way of life.”

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Bennet claimed victory Tuesday. But Glenn refused to concede, saying too many votes remained uncounted.

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