UPDATED 6:45 PM PT – Thursday, November 12, 2020
A tight congressional race in New York came to a close with Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis declaring victory.
Her Democrat opponent, Incumbent Congressman Max Rose, conceded on Thursday and said it’s clear his campaign will fall short. He added he’s called Malliotakis to congratulate her on her win.
I received a gracious phone call from Rep. Max Rose today conceding the election. I want to thank him for his service to our nation in both the military and in Congress. We agreed to work together on a seamless transition to best serve our constituents.
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) November 12, 2020
The district represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. Before Rose (D-N.Y.) took office in 2018, it was the only Republican district in New York City for years.
Reports said while Rose tried to paint himself as a moderate who didn’t agree with the Democrat party’s progressive wing, the national ‘Defund the Police’ movement still played a major role for the law enforcement-heavy community.
As we continue to count every ballot and are on track to dramatically narrow the gap by tens of thousands of votes to a 4-5% margin, it is now clear that we will fall short of 50.1%. I have called to congratulate @NMalliotakis on her win and concede the #NY11 race.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/TztveEuW3z
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) November 12, 2020
“This race was about the brave men and women of the NYPD and all law enforcement,” Rep. Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) stated.
Malliotakis will be the latest Republican to flip yet another seat in the House of Representatives. She ran on her state assemblywoman history and focused on family values and low crime rates along with public safety.