by David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former congressman Joe Sestak was soundly defeated in his second bid for the US senate by former Environmental Secretary Katie McGinty.

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You just had a sense this was not going to be his night. Some 3 dozen supporters gathered inside with little to cheer for as they watched the numbers come in.

When Sestak arrived to concede, he expressed the feeling of a lot of those he met during his 2 year campaign.

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“They knew, somehow, the system had let them down. Somehow the system, which put people in public office had let them down,” he said.

But he believes new leaders will come to restore that trust, someday.

“I am convinced that the leadership that we need is going to arise to restore that trust to where, once again, we can actually believe that a government of the people can be for the people and be willing to be held accountable,” Sestak said.

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Many of his supporters believe two things led to this loss: a strong performance by Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, and a state party that for the most part deserted him for McGinty.