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– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the elections in Iraq.
"By any measure, the recent Iraqi election was historic. The successful election helps create momentum for positive change in the Middle East.
“The big winner was the concept of democracy. The big loser was radical terrorists. Osama Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's vision for Iraq was soundly defeated.
“This election success was made possible by the sacrifices of American men and women in uniform along with our coalition partners. The Iraqi people have also shown bravery in the face of tyranny and have made a giant leap forward in securing their own freedom.
“This election also serves as a reminder to Americans that democracy is something to be cherished.”