Senator Lieberman just condeded the primary, but he has not conceded the race.
Claiming that his 4% loss to Ned Lamont was better than any of the pundits predicted, and was in fact a victory of sorts, Lieberman vowed to go on to November, to the roaring acclaim of his supporters.
Lieberman, perhaps, finally found his voice in this campaign when he called for a "new politics of unity and purpose," free of partisanship and attack politics. It's time, he said, for a "new campaign to unite the people of Connecticut," no matter their party.
"If you're disappointed with the ugly tone of politics," he said, "Go to my website... when it's un-hacked." The crowd laughed. "Are you with me?"
And of course, the crowd was. Well: most of them. I spied not a few worried faces on my way out of the hall. But by and large, they were there for him.
So tonight, a loss became a victory for Joe Lieberman. He won his way free of a party that has rejected him. And what will he do, now that he doesn't have to claim that he's really a Democrat any more?
"Tomorrow," Lieberman said, "is a brand new day."