The Missourian has always said about political candidates: Be prepared to lose, there can be only one winner, accept defeat with dignity.

We congratulate Josh Hawley for his win over incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. We wish him the best.

To Claire, we say thanks for your service the past 12 years. You served Missourians well. You accepted defeat with dignity.

To the voters who supported McCaskill, we say accept the defeat and do not fall under the Hillary syndrome, better known as bitterness.

The voters have spoken. Accept that fact.