Republican Jim Tedisco called to concede New York’s 20th district special election to Democrat Scott Murphy on Friday, ending the drawn out race to fill the vacant House seat of now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D).
“Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well as the next Congressman of the 20th Congressional district,— Tedisco said in a statement.
“This was a close campaign every step of the way. Ultimately, it became clear that the numbers were not going our way and that the time had come to step aside and ensure that the next Congressman be seated as quickly as possible,— he added. “In the interest of the citizens of the 20th Congressional district and our nation, I wish Scott the very best as he works with our new President and Congress to address the tremendous challenges facing our country.—
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) released a statement congratulating Murphy on his “remarkable, come-from-behind victory.—
“In trying to win the NY-20 special election, the [Republican National Committee], [National Republican Congressional Committee], and their Republican allies went all in on the losing gamble that voters would prefer their just say no’ approach to President Obama’s bold plans to get the economy back on track,— Van Hollen said.
Now that he has officially won the race that took place back on March 31, Murphy could be sworn in as soon as next week.