(CNN) – In the lead up to Tuesday's special election in New Hampshire, Ready for Hillary, a super PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, touted their involvement in the race for the state's Executive Council.
Democrat Mike Cryans conceded the race to Republican Joe Kenney on Wednesday morning, according to CNN affiliate WMUR. In a statement, Cryans said he "I left a message for Joe Kenney and wished him the best of luck on the council."
For Ready for Hillary, the foray into local politics was an early investment that could have later paid off in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The Executive Council is the executive body of New Hampshire that advises and checks the power of the state's governor. Because of the outsized role the state plays in presidential elections, ties to the state's Executive Council are important for prospective candidates.
In a statement to CNN, Seth Bringman, Ready for Hillary spokesman, said the group was happy with the work they did in the run up to Tuesday's election.
"We are proud our supporters engaged in this election," Bringman said.
The super PAC had 20 volunteers working for Democrats on Tuesday, but was admittedly focused on the Executive Council race. The group primarily focused on organizing at Dartmouth College, where Bringman said volunteers worked "to make sure students knew about the election."
Republicans seized on the fact that the Ready for Hillary backed candidate lost. American Rising, a Republican leaning opposition research group and super PAC, highlighted Cryans loss in an email to reporters and a blog post on Wednesday.
Ready for Hillary has begun to get involved in the 2014 election cycle. Over the weekend, Ready for Hillary activists were in Iowa - another critical state in presidential elections - where the group worked to sign up supporters at Democratic county conventions throughout the state.
Despite Tuesday's loss, Bringman said the group will not stop their local election organizing.
We "look forward to continuing to engage our grassroots networks in races across the country this year," he said.