Democratic Congressmember Max Rose has conceded the election for NYC's most conservative congressional district against Trump-backed former state Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis.
"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 point margin, it is now clear that we will fall short of 50.1%," Rose said in a statement on Thursday.
Malliotakis rode the wave of President Donald Trump's messaging of law and order and doomsday scenarios, and all but demonized protesters calling for a rethinking of public safety in cities across America. Her campaign led Rose on election night, but Rose initially refused to concede, urging for all ballots to be counted during an election year with an unprecedented amount of mail-in and absentee ballots because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rose said on Thursday that he had called Malliotakis to congratulate her on her win.
Their race had featured increasingly hostile political attack ads, and swipes against Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is deeply unpopular with many New Yorkers. Rose was criticized by Malliotakis for joining Black Lives Matter protesters amid a national movement against racist police violence.
In a statement Thursday, Rose added: "I am immensely proud of everything we accomplished in the last two years including, but not limited to: permanently funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, making real and significant progress to combat the opioid epidemic, securing millions to improve our commutes, enacting split tolling to take thousands of cars off the expressways at no cost to commuters, and cutting through the red tape to finally begin construction of the East Shore Seawall."
"No matter the challenges we face, I will be on the frontlines with you fighting to make this city and country a better, safer, and more united place," Rose said.
In a speech on Tuesday night after the polls closed, Rose also defended his decision to march with Black Lives Matter protesters, insisting that in "the weeks following the murder of George Floyd, our nation was united in the belief that we must change."
Malliotakis, who Trump endorsed in February, said in a statement that she'll continue "my fight for safe streets, to rein in taxes, rebuild our economy and to preserve the American dream against the crawl of socialism for future generations."
"Just like we recovered and rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy, we will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and make Staten Island and Brooklyn safer, stronger and more resilient," Malliotakis said. She's currently in Washington D.C. for orientation already, according to her statement.
Here's a look at the unofficial election results across the 11th Congressional District: