Republican Incumbent Marty Golden Concedes State Senate Race To Andrew Gounardes

State Senator Martin Golden in 2017
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State Senator Martin Golden in 2017 AP/Shutterstock

Thirteen days after Election Day, South Brooklyn's longtime Republican State Senator Martin Golden has admitted defeat. Golden had refused to concede on November 6, when his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes declared victory, and vowed to carry on until all the ballots were tallied. Now, after votes have been counted (and recounted), Golden has conceded and offered his congratulations.

"As the Board of Elections completes its final count of this year’s close election, I congratulate Andrew Gounardes and wish him well in his service to the people of the 22nd State Senate District," Golden said in a statement.

According to Bklyner, "As of last night, Gounardes led Golden unofficially by 1055 votes with several uncounted assembly districts. The Board of Elections is still completing its final tabulation of the close race between Gounardes and Golden, but the outgoing senator sent the following statement."

Golden has represented southern Brooklyn—Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay and Marine Park—for 16 years, but Bay Ridge native Gounardes, a lawyer and an activist, tapped an energized and mobilized a Democratic base to turn the State Senate seat blue (even Alyssa Milano Tweeted support of and Ben Stiller canvassed for Gounardes).

Golden further put himself into the crosshairs of his constituents when he stalled on legislation to extend speed cameras in school zones (after pressure, he caved).

The district's changing demographics also contributed to the turnout. Abdullah Younus, a board member of Yalla Brooklyn, a Bay Ridge-based Muslim political club which endorsed Gounardes, told Gothamist's Sam Adler-Bell in October, "Marty Golden has consistently sided with bigotry. He’s supported the surveillance of mosques, supported Trump’s Muslim Ban, and even falsely claimed the 9/11 hijackers came from Bay Ridge. It’s time for a change."

Gounardes issued a statement on Twitter:

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